We’ve been wondering if Paramount would actually move ahead with a new Star Trek movie, or send the franchise back tot he small screen, but this week we learned the studio is committed to theatrical releases.

The studio has announced that Justin Lin has signed to direct the flick which arrives in theaters on July 8, 2016 during the 50th anniversary year of the television series. Justin Lin has previously directed Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, a couple of episodes of True Detective, and the upcoming The Wolf Man. Though he has to follow in the shoes of J.J. Abrams, Lin’s track record of high action flicks means we could see more action than ever in the upcoming thirteenth Star Trek feature film.

Will Star Trek 3 be able to bring in more money than Star Trek Into Darkness? Knowing Lin’s background, I’m a bit more interested in seeing this film now that Robert Orci has backed out.

via Variety

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  1. Michael
    December 25, 2014 at 7:16 am — Reply

    come on Federation/Klingon Empire war!

    • Alisha
      December 25, 2014 at 10:48 am — Reply

      Personally, I’d love to see them do it in a way that doesn’t paint the Klingon Empire as “the bad guys”. Make people watching the movies realize that just because the Klingons are stubborn proud warriors they aren’t necessarily evil.

  2. Zaran
    December 25, 2014 at 8:39 am — Reply

    He couldn’t do worse than JJ Abrams. I pretty much hated Into Darkness. Although I wish they would back off the action and get back to what made Star Trek great.

  3. Alisha
    December 25, 2014 at 10:37 am — Reply

    “I’m a bit more interested in seeing this film now that Robert Orci has backed out.”

    Looking back at his previous involvement in TV and movies, I like him better as a producer than as a director.

  4. Doctor Dinosaur
    December 27, 2014 at 12:22 am — Reply

    The studio picked the FAF guy for a reason. Sure we don’t get Orci but it seems like the studio thinks of Trek as an “action franchise”.
    They really should just develop a new TV show for us nuurds. I highly doubt we’ll get much exploration or high-concept science fiction out of this change.

    I find it much more likely that a bunch of execs saw the numbers for Guardians Of The Galaxy (And the SW trailer) and are sending out memos that say stuff like “Can Kirk get a raccoon?”, “Can he get a Tribble?”. “What if Spock says: I AM SPOCK”. “Can we get the woman who played Gamora?”. “McCoy would be more fun if he didn’t get sarcasm”. “We need more chases and shoot-outs”.

    Space Opera is fun, but a guy needs his Utopian Exploration Conceptual Science Fiction.

    • Alisha
      December 27, 2014 at 10:22 am — Reply

      “Space Opera is fun, but a guy needs his Utopian Exploration Conceptual Science Fiction.”

      This is a big part of why I wish they would create a Trek anthology series with a rotating cast, creators, etc. More than just exploring other aspects of the Trek multiverse past, present, future and sidways, we’d also get all sorts of different types of stories, from action to mystery to cautionary tale and so on and so forth.

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