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Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions and Bad Robot have signed Justin Lin, the man credited with breathing new life into The Fast and the Furious franchise, to direct Star Trek 3.

Lin replaces Roberto Orci, who got the job after being involved as a co-writer on the revamped sci-fi franchise. The first two installments were directed by J.J. Abrams, who then left the series to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Lucasfilm and Disney.

Lin had formerly been attached to direct a sequel to The Bourne Legacy spinoff with Jeremy Renner, but that film got postponed when Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass agreed to do another installment of The Bourne Identity, which Universal wants to come first. He had also been asked to return to The Fast and the Furious franchise to direct a multi-part finale.

Although no longer directing, Orci will stay on as a producer. The first Star Trek grossed $380 million worldwide in 2009, and the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, grossed more than $460 million worldwide after opening in May 2013.

This directing choice comes as a bit of a surprise to us, but we'd be lying if we said we weren't thrilled than Justin Lin will be taking the helm on Star Trek 3. The man has done an amazing job revamping The Fast and the Furious films, and we have no doubt he's the right man to breath new life into the Star Trek franchise as it approaches its 50th anniversary!

(Source: Deadline)

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