Justin Lin Talks “Star Trek Beyond” Plans

In the wake of “Star Trek Into Darkness,” one of the big changes for the freshly revived franchise is the handing over of the directorial reigns from J.J. Abrams to “Fast Five” helmer Justin Lin.

Whilst the film’s co-writer/actor Simon Pegg has spoken about the upcoming “Star Trek Beyond” film several times, Lin has kept mum about it until today – around three weeks before production is scheduled to begin. Lin has confirmed to Deadline that the upcoming film will see the crew of the Enterprise setting out on their five-year mission:

“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.”

A big mandate with the new film is to explore beyond the already established species and events of this universe and explore areas not really seen in “Star Trek” before this point:

“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.”

Lin also shared a story about how he got hired and how “Star Trek” means much more to him than “Star Wars”:

“I was in the last week shooting True Detective when J.J. Abrams called last December. 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. Growing up, my parents had this little fish and chips restaurant in Anaheim in the shadows of Disneyland, and they didn’t close until 9 PM. As a family, we didn’t eat dinner until 10 PM, and we would watch the original Star Trek every night at 11.

My dad worked 364 days a year, only took Thanksgiving off, and from age 8 to 18, the only time I could hang out with my parents was by staying up late. And every night, it was Star Trek on Channel 13 in L.A. That was my childhood.

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.”

“Star Trek Beyond” is currently targeting a 2016 release.