Though most of our attention this week is (rightfully) on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we also have a new Star Trek film landing in 2016. Fans are split over the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond, but director Justin Lin is here to explain what they’re aiming for with the latest sequel.
In an interview with /Film, Lin responded to some criticism that has been bandied about comparing the first Beyond trailer to his previous work in the Fast and Furious franchise. Admittedly, the footage in the trailer definitely has that rollicking action style (see: a literal motorcycle stunt on an alien planet), but Lin says the slivers of footage in the trailer don’t tell the whole story. All he wanted to convey was that they’re trying to be “bold” with the third installment, while also paying homage to the spirit of the original series.
Check out an excerpt from his comments below:
“Well, its a minute and a half, you know… And again, there were other versions that were much more traditional and I can see where maybe the hardcore fans could probably see that as, ‘Oh.’ But with trailers you’re putting a two-hour movie into a minute and a half, and the one thing I wanted to make sure is that it hopefully represents that we are trying to be bold and take risks, whether we are successful or not, I don’t know. That was something I was excited to do and with collaborators like Simon [Pegg] and Doug [Jung], passion for the franchise will be there regardless…
To me Trek was just this element of exploration, every night there was another adventure. And kind of having that relationship throughout my life and when I went off to college and as an adult. That’s kind of where my relationship with Trek is. And what I really love is in the TV format you kind of get to know the characters regardless, they kind of become part of your family. And that’s something that’s always been with me, as a filmmaker, especially in ensembles. But you only have so much real estate, you only have two hours just like everybody else.”
The trailer definitely had a different vibe from the previous films (especially Into Darkness), and though it almost seemed a bit too fast and furious (pun intended), it does find the Enterprise crew on an alien world getting into an adventure. Isn’t that what fans have been begging for ever since J.J. Abrams rebooted this thing?
Star Trek Beyond opens July 22, 2016.
What did you think of the trailer? Will you be checking this one out?