Justin Lin says Star Trek 3 won't borrow from classic TOS episodes; teases new worlds and new species

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Dec 21, 2018, 11:00 PM EST (Updated)

If you’ve been wondering if Justin Lin was the right man to helm Star Trek 3 (which is rumored to be titled Star Trek Beyond), we may have your answer.

In a new interview with Deadline, former Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin revealed that he’s a lifelong Star Trek fan, having grown up watching The Original Series every night with his folks. So when J.J. Abrams called him in December of last year, it was a no-brainer for the fast and furious (pun definitely intended) director. Lin said:

"He asked me, do you like Star Trek? If you do, you should take this, be bold, and just go for it.’ I thought about how much a part of my life Star Trek was … All my friends were Star Wars kids but I didn’t go to the movies, so I was the Star Trek kid. Thinking about this, it became a very personal and very emotional decision."

Then, Lin spoke up about his admiration for Abrams, who went on his merry way to helm his dream gig -- Disney's upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- and was thus unable to direct Star Trek 3. But what did Lin have to say about the approach that’ll be taken with the sequel Star Trek cast member Simon Pegg (who co-wrote the new screenplay) has called less Star Trek-y?

"As great as JJ’s films were, there’s still a lot to be mined from these characters. They haven’t really gone on their five-year mission, so what we experienced in the TV show hasn’t been touched on yet. That sets up an opportunity for exploration and the deeper you go, the more you are examining humanity. Those are the things that I absorbed as a kid and hope to tap into and embrace and celebrate. By the time this movie comes out, Star Trek will have been around for 50 years."

Sounds like Justin Lin understands the material he's been given, and takes it seriously. On the subject of the script co-written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, Lin remained mum, giving no real details about the upcoming Trek movie. Nonetheless, he did reveal a few non-spoilery things.

First off, Pegg is not in every scene (something some of you might have imagined he’d do, since he’s co-writing the movie and all). But the most important thing is this: The plot of the new movie is not borrowed from old Star Trek: The Original Series episodes as Star Trek Into Darkness was. Moreover, the crew of the Enterprise will "seek out new life and new civilizations" and boldly encounter brand-new worlds and species. Meaning if you still had hopes of seeing Idris Elba as a Big Bad Klingon, I'm sorry to disappoint. But Pegg did say Elba would be playing an original "kick-ass" character. Here's what Lin said:

"It’s all new and fresh. The Klingons, Romulans and other species are great, but it’s time to go further. It has been fun to focus on creating whole new worlds and species."

What do you think? Are you excited to see that the new Star Trek movie will feature a fresh new original story that won’t borrow anything from classic TOS episodes? Are you looking forward to exploring new worlds and new species alongside the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise?

(via Deadline)

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