Star Trek Beyond shows a new side of the enterprise crew. While J.J. Abrams‘ Trek films are very dedicated to Kirk and Spock’s relationship, Justin Lin‘s sequel breathes more life into the supporting characters. Thanks to screenwriters Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, they have more time to shine, especially “Bones” McCoy. The good doctor is played by Karl Urban, who almost passed on his third outing as the character.
Below, learn why we almost didn’t see Karl Urban in Star Trek Beyond.
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Even though he wasn’t born until four years after the series ended its original run in 1969, director Justin Lin grew up watching episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. Reruns would come on at 11pm on Channel 13 in Los Angeles, and from 10 years old until he was 18 years old, he and his family would watch Star Trek after they closed their fish and chips shop and had dinner. So it should come as no surprise that Justin Lin attributes his connection to Star Trek to the connection his family had with the show.
More specifically, the filmmaker believes his father lived vicariously through Star Trek because of the sacrifices he made for that family. Lin explained that his father was a pilot back in Taiwan among plenty other things, but when he decided to give his family a shot at a better life in the United States, he didn’t get a chance to do some of the things he wanted to do back home. As Lin tells Deadline, “He latched on to Trek because of the sense of exploration and discovery, and hope.” Therefore, there was only one way that Justin Lin felt he could honor his father in Star Trek Beyond, and while it’s an obvious tribute, you probably didn’t even notice.
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After recycling a little too much of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan for the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, the rebooted franchise based on Gene Roddenberry’s classic sci-fi series needed a new direction to bring some freshness back to the final frontier. Thankfully, with Star Trek Beyond, director Justin Lin has managed to craft a extremely entertaining journey back into space for the USS Enterprise. It’s a sequel that blends some of the signature style of the classic Star Trek series with the action sensibilities of a modern blockbuster.
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The early buzz is strong for Star Trek Beyond. Oddly, the film may not screen in certain territories for critics, but considering the first wave of reviews are almost as positive as they were for J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 reboot, maybe that’ll change. Inheriting the director’s chair from Abrams is Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6), and another trailer has been released for Lin’s sequel.
Below, watch the final Star Trek Beyond trailer.
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Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
In a little over a week, Paramount will release Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the Kelvin timeline created J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot. This time around Justin Lin takes over the reins as director, which led some fans to wonder if the franchise was ditching its roots for Fast and Furious-style adventures in space.
The good news is that by many accounts, Star Trek Beyond comes closer than any of the Kelvin movies at capturing the spirit of the original TV series. The other good news is that the film also seems to feature some really great action set pieces. The bad news is… well, actually, it doesn’t sound like there is a ton of bad news. Not everyone was completely enamored of the film, of course, and hardcore Trek fans will surely have their own ideas about what a new Trek movie should or shouldn’t be. But overall, it sounds like fans of this franchise can look forward to another fantastic adventure. Get the Star Trek Beyond buzz below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Now that 2009’s Star Trek re-introduced the classic Enterprise crew and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness did everything in its power to wreck them, Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond has a bold new task before it: introducing new characters and allowing them to stand out amidst a cast of familiar faces and iconic names. We’ll hopefully get a memorable new adversary in Idris Elba‘s Krall and as this new clip from the film seems to indicate, Sofia Boutella‘s Jaylah certainly appears to be a unique addition to the ensemble.
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Simon Pegg and George Takei have a respectful disagreement over Star Trek Beyond. Last week, actor John Cho said that Hikaru Sulu is gay in the Kelvin timeline. Most fans were delighted by the news, as director Justin Lin and screenwriters Simon Pegg and Doug Jung were attempting to preserve the progressive spirit of Gene Roddenberry‘s creation. George Takei, on the other hand, believes the decision is “unfortunate” and a “twisting of Gene’s creation.”
Pegg quickly responded to Takei’s comments, and now he’s followed up with a blog post that explains why they made Sulu an LGBTQ character without Takei’s blessing and why the Kelvin timeline means they’re not beholden to preexisting canon. Below, read a part of Pegg’s explanation.
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In under a couple weeks, the premiere of Star Trek Beyond will be happening at San Diego Comic-Con. We’ll be there at the convention, complete with a reaction to the latest sequel in the rebooted film franchise based on Gene Roddenberry’s classic TV series, which will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary there as well.
Leading up to the release of the film in a couple weeks, a new Star Trek Beyond TV spot has surfaced with some new footage, including more shots of the Enterprise getting torn apart, and a nice little moment between our Kirk and Spock as well. Watch it below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s been a brutal summer at the box office. We’ve seen one high-profile studio release after another open to disappointing figures, if not outright awful ones, prompting concerned conversations about “sequelitis” and “superhero fatigue” and the like. So will this trend extend into the rest of the season? Or could July be the month that Hollywood turns its fortunes around?
Well, only time will tell. But one of the next big-budget sequels to try its luck will be Star Trek Beyond. Early tracking indicates the sci-fi adventure is on track for a domestic opening in the $48-60 million range, which puts it behind the two previous Star Trek films but ahead of a lot of other movies that have hit so far this summer. Read More »