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Justin Lin Addresses Star Trek Beyond Trailer Complaints and the Movie’s Fast/Furious-ness


The Star Trek Beyond trailer came out yesterday, and a lot of the Internet was not happy with it. Personally, I liked the trailer, but I’m admittedly not a big Star Trek fan (I also figure that considering Roberto Orci was originally in the running to direct, anything Lin makes will be a win by comparison).

Now, /Film has an interesting interview up in which Lin explains his relationship to Star Trek and why the trailer might have taken some fans by surprise:

Well, its a minute and a half, you know… And again, there were other versions that were much more traditional and I can see where maybe the hardcore fans could probably see that as “Oh.” But with trailers you’re putting a two hour movie into a minute and a half, and the one thing I wanted to make sure is that it hopefully represents that we are trying to be bold and take risks, wether we are successful or not, I don’t know. That was something I was excited to do and with collaborators like Simon and Doug, passion for the franchise will be there regardless. So however its presented, yeah its a minute and a half, and my challenge to everyone making the trailer is about saying “lets not go off course, I’m not afraid to share — share it, I feel like we have the goods in a two hour run and you really do get to know the characters and hopefully the journey is great. I love it and the cast did an amazing job and the crew… and the inside baseball version of the creation of this Trek was pretty condensed in how you usually make a movie of this size. And I wanted us to be bold, I wanted us to take chances and hopefully in a minute and a half we are able to convey that.

As for accusations that Lin just made a Fast and the Furious movie with Star Trek characters (which seems like a compliment more than an “accusation” to me, but again, see my earlier disclaimer about not being really a Trekkie):

Yeah, and I don’t know if that’s the case here. When I saw the teaser, I’m like aw shit. You really have to put the motorcycle in there? So I get it, I get it, I get it.

He gets it, guys. He gets it.


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