To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the classic Star Trek TV series, Paramount have announced that Star Trek 3 will fly into cinemas on 8th July 2016.
The TV series debuted on Sept. 8, 1966
Fast and Furious 4,5 and 6 director Justin Lin has been given the almighty task of following in the footsteps of JJ Abrams as Paramount have hired him to direct Star Trek 3. Clearly the new Star Trek film is set to be extremely action heavy!
Roberto Orci, personally recommended by Abrams, was set to direct put recently pulled out. Rumours started circling that Edgar Wright, Duncan Jones, Rupert Wyatt, Daniel Espiosa and Morten Tyldum might take over, but Justin Lin’s name was also in that rumour, and he has now been hired for the job.
Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions and JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot just set Justin Lin to direct Star Trek 3, filling the biggest open directing assignment out there with the filmmaker credited with reviving the Fast & Furious series. Lin helmed four of the films that grossed $1.9 billion in worldwide box office.
He is available because he was going to direct the sequel to The Bourne Legacy spinoff with Jeremy Renner, but that film got postponed when Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass agreed to do another installment of The Bourne Identity, which Universal wants to come first.
Orci will stay on as producer and co-writer, however news has revealed that the issue Orci had with Star Trek 3 was the script, and this is why he has stepped down as director.