See what I did in the title there? I made Lin look like Khan – Khaaaaan, right? Ah forget it.
So Star Trek 3 is finally out of its directorial death-grip following the exit of attached director Roberto Orci. Rumours circulated about issues with the plot but no official reason was every really given, let alone whether or not the split was affable.
But with endings come beginnings…not exactly the beginning that I was expecting but that’s OK. Deadline broke the exclusive that fast and furious director Justin Lin will be taking over from Orci to helm the sci-fi franchise.
Lin was on a lot of internet lists for who people thought could succeed Orci, but in spite of that Lin may seem like a strange choice. You could look at his career in the Fast and Furious franchise and paint it as an entirely different animal to J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek…or any Star Trek for that matter. But I have to say I stand by the lists that Lin is a more than worthy director to take on the Trek (that’s what kids call Star Trek now…I didn’t say they were cool kids).
Say what you will about The Fast and the Furious, recently the franchise has hit a pretty good rhythm. The earlier films may not have been anything to write home about, but 5 and 6 have stepped into a realm of ridiculousness that whilst silly is undeniably entertaining. Also the one thing that shines through in those more recent films is that Lin of all people knows how to direct an action, and that has almost certainly been the saving grace of those films.
Plus, it’s not like Lin’s gonna have the same writers as the Fast and Furious films. Orci’s script is still in play, and he’s been involved in the revamp since the beginning.
According to Deadline, even though though was a list of directors being considered for the job, including Hot Fuzz‘s Edgar Wright, Lin was the only one offered job. Fortunately Lin has a gap in his schedule since his plans for a Bourne Legacy sequel will play second banana to a Bourne Identity sequel with Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass.
There is of course a potential chain reaction that comes out of Lin’s signing on for Star Trek, and that is the fate of the planned Fast and Furious finale. Will Lin be back for it?
Well in any case, Lin is a solid choice for StarTrek 3 in a director-only role, and it’ll be a blast to see him weave his action magic on the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Was Lin your top choice?
While J.J. Abrams continues to dazzle with his latest Star Wars: the Force Awakens teaser, it’s getting a bit messy in his old stomping ground. There are reports coming out of Deadline that Roberto Orci, who was reported as taking on directing duties for Star Trek 3 has left the project. Orci was a big part of putting the rebooted film franchise together as a writer, and there’s a good chance that he’ll be staying on as a producer. This would make sense since it’s his script that the new film will be based on, written by himself, Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne.
Since the release is scheduled for 2016, it isn’t surprising that Paramount Pictures already has a list in the works for Orci’s replacement. One of the names mentioned by Deadline is Edgar Wright, who is currently free as a bird since leaving Marvel’s Ant-Man due to creative differences between himself and the studio.
In the end this may be best for the franchise, as Orci is a top-notch writer but has no directorial experience to date. So the chances are paramount will play it safe and go with someone with a little more experience under their belt. Wright would be a intriguing choice, and he’d already be familiar with some of the cast having worked with Simon Pegg on numerous projects including Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. Granted there are as yet no confirmations of returning cast members, but Paramount currently has bigger fish to fry with Orci’s departure.
Who would you like to see directing Star Trek 3? Could Wright be the one to send you into warp-speed?