Justin Lin Says Star Trek 3 Will Focus on New Species and New Worlds

Thursday, 04 June 2015 - 5:22PM
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Thursday, 04 June 2015 - 5:22PM
Justin Lin Says Star Trek 3 Will Focus on New Species and New Worlds
When JJ Abrams' Star Trek: Into Darkness came to our screens, there was something of an uproar from various corners of hardcore Star Trek fandom. Much of that uproar centered around the portrayal of Khan, one of the franchise's most-iconic characters. Fans were upset, not with Benedict Cumberbatch's performance (because the Cumberbatch can do no wrong), but with the way that this precious piece of Star Trek canon was treated. Khan wasn't the only problem with Into Darkness though, because there was also the unnecessary and clumsily justified shots of Alice Eve in her underwear, magic blood, and the butchering of the Prime Directive for Trek fans to get angry about. But with Star Trek 3 on the horizon and a new director in place, fans are now starting to wonder if the same problems will be repeated. Thankfully, the film's director is on hand with some comments that will hopefully allay the fears of the vast majority of nervous trekkies.

Justin Lin is the man charged with directing Star Trek 3, and in an interview with Deadline, the Fast and Furious director confirmed that when it comes species and worlds, his film won't be butchering any classic Star Trek canon moments.

"It's all new and fresh," Lin said. "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."

While Lins comments may be a disappointment for some fans who like the exploration of canonical areas, they should give the majority of fans hope that Star Trek 3 can get the franchise back on track. But just because Lin won't be visiting some of Star Trek's more familiar worlds, it doesn't mean that his movie will be completely disconnected from Star Trek lore.... 

"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. By the time this movie comes out, Star Trek will have been around for 50 years."

If you're a Star Trek fan, reading that last paragraph probably put a big smile on your face, because it made you realize that the man who is directing the next entry into this franchise's esteemed history actually understands the very core of what Star Trek is all about. Add to that the fact that Simon Pegg is heavily involved in the project and everything looks like it is coming up roses for Trek fans!
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