Justin Lin is boarding the USS Enterprise and will direct the third installment in Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” franchise.
The hiring of Lin came two weeks after Roberto Orci backed away from the directing gig.
Orci had been hired for the helming job after J.J. Abrams had to exit the sequel due to his commitment to direct Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Abrams directed the first two “Star Trek” reboots in 2009 and 2013.
David Ellison’s Skydance Prods. is producing along with Orci and Abrams. Paramount has not yet set a release date for “Star Trek 3″ but speculation has emerged that the studio will release the film in 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the launch of the original “Star Trek” series on TV.
Patrick McKay and John D. Payne worked on the most recent draft of the script.
Lin directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
Last year’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” grossed $467 million worldwide, including $229 million domestically.