Earlier this year the Tennessee Star Journal reported on a story that Justin Lin, fresh off of his string of successful “Fast and the Furious” directing gigs, was set to helm several episodes of HBO’s critically acclaimed series “True Detective.” The news for Mr. Lin just keeps getting better.
Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot just set Justin Lin to direct “Star Trek 3,” filling perhaps the biggest opening for a director at this moment. Lin is widely credited with reviving the “Fast and the Furious” series. Since Lin began directing the films four films ago, the series has grossed $1.9 billion. Now with J.J. Abrams off of the project in favor of the “Star Wars” franchise, specifically “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” it seems that this is what Lin will have to do with the “Star Trek” franchise.
Lin replaces Roberto Orci after being involved as co-writer of the revamped “Star Trek” series. His choice as director was originally poorly received by both Hollywood and the general population due to his reported arrogance in his own work, as well as an inability to compromise with actors and others on set. Most who have worked with him claim that he is a humble and hard-working director. This was apparent from his stint as a director of “Community.” The cast gave interviews on the set of the episode “Modern Warfare” which was an episode about a campus wide paintball war that Lin directed. In the interviews several cast members loved working with Lin and that admiration only continued into big budget action movies where he has kept an amazing rapport with his casts and crews.
Lin was courted to return to the “Fast and the Furious” franchise to do a multi-part finale. However, due to new circumstances that seems unlikely, Orci will remain as a producer on the third installment of “Star Trek.”