Just after one day that the director of Fast & Furious Justin Lin was taking over Star Trek 3. The date coincides with the 50-year anniversary of the beloved sci-fi television series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy that debuted in 1966.
The timing will certainly stir excitement for fans and likely fill seats in theaters, as the Star Trek movies have earned more than $1.2 billion at the U.S. box office since 1979, according to boxofficemojo.com.
Under J.J. Abrams, 2013’s Star Trek: Into Darkness grossed $467 million worldwide, and the first film in the reboot took in $385 million in 2009.
The 48-year-old Emmy winner left to work on the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
But Lin has been selected to boldly take the third installment of the Paramount franchise where no man has gone before.
The 43-year-old filmmaker previously directed several of Universal’s Fast & Furious films, including the massively successful Fast & Furious 6, which made more than $788 million worldwide.
Writer Roberto Orci was previously slated to direct, but instead he’ll serve as a writer and producer on the three-quel, which is slated for a 2016 release.
As for Captain Kirk aka Chris Pine, the actor is not entirely sure what’s going on but he seems confident about returning for Star Trek 3.