Just over two weeks after filmmaker Roberto Orci backed away from making his directorial debut on Star Trek 3, Paramount Pictures has brought on Justin Lin to take the helm of this highly-anticipated sequel. He was one of five filmmakers mentioned to be in contention last week, including Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), who was said to be the front runner, Morten Tydlum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) and Duncan Jones (Warcraft). Out of all those filmmakers, though, Justin Lin was the only one who received an offer from Paramount.
Justin Lin is now available to make Star Trek 3 because Universal Pictures pushed his sequel to 2012's The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, in favor of a new Jason Bourne project which reunites Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass. Deadline reports that Justin Lin was also approached to direct a multi-part finale to Universal's Fast & Furious, but he may not be available now after taking on the Star Trek directing gig.
What remains to be seen is if Justin Lin will be involved in writing a new script for Star Trek 3, since Paramount reportedly discarded the story that Roberto Orci was working on with co-writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. It isn't known when production may begin, but Roberto Orci is still remaining on board as a producer. Justin Lin directed four of the hit Fast & Furious movies, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five and last year's Fast & Furious 6. James Wan took the helm for next year's sequel Furious 7, arriving in theaters in April 2015.