Director Justin Lin has ventured to quite a few places in the realm of film- and TV-making: from the high-octane pure-action fest of "The Fast and the Furious" franchise to the grim-and-gritty noir-ism of "True Detective" and meta-reality of "Community." But next year, he's boldly going where so many fans have wanted to go before: into the world of "Star Trek." And he couldn't be happier about it.
Lin spoke with Deadline and shared his early thoughts on the project and the "Star Trek" universe -- including how the Original Series played a major emotional role during his childhood.
"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," Lin told Deadline. "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 late. And every night, it was 'Star Trek' on Channel 13 in L.A. That was my childhood."
While Lin didn't reveal too much about the plot of the upcoming "Star Trek Beyond," whose script was penned by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, he did say that the plot doesn't borrow from previous "Star Trek" episodes and that, "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."
"Star Trek Beyond" starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho and Anton Yelchin arrives in theaters July 2016.