About That Screenwriting Credit

And while the trailer credits the previous writing team on the project, Lin has no idea why their names were onscreen:

I don’t know. Yeah, WGA’s gotta figure it out because I never met the, I don’t even know who the writers are. I never met them.  … I came on and I had an idea and then they came on and then it was January and we were shooting in June. … And I talked to Orci. One conversation after I came on. And that was it.

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Working on Trek For a Star Wars Filmmaker

And I wondered if he encountered any crossover while working for producer J.J. Abrams who was also off making a Star Wars film. Lin smiled.

Well it’s funny because like we’ll be like writing in a room and I’ll hear Chewbacca coming from the editing suite. And you’re like whoa. And but it is one of those things where I felt like we’ll be working together and J.J.’s been very, nothing but respectful. But it wasn’t anything big, but I’m always trying to milk him for plots for Star Wars. So I can be cool to my son. But there was a couple instances where he’s like yeah, we kind of have this in the new Star Wars. And I was like okay. And then it was never saying, hey, you gotta take this out or not. Just okay, well they have it and we have it too.

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Planning for the Future

With all the talk in Hollywood about creating universes and trilogies, Lin says that his goal was to make a great movie and tell a standalone story:

I kept kind of telling everybody we’re doing the Gattaca thing where we’ll just swim as hard as we can to the buoy and figure out how to swim back later.

As for what Lin has planned next, he admits he is “very fortunate” to have “a great group of people” with some developed projects.

I, as a filmmaker I’m always looking to grow. And I have a nice slate of stuff that I’ve been working on. But sometimes you get these calls out of nowhere. And you decide if you wanna be a part of it or not. And there’s a price to it. And so that was the price for this. But yeah, again, high class problems. I don’t wanna sound like I’m complaining too much.

As for if he’ll return for another Star Trek adventure, Lin seems unsure.

I’ll never say never, but I’ve had a great time. I’m also getting older and there’s a lot of stuff I wanna do. I didn’t plan on doing this. But I also feel like that’s the right way to enter something, is to not be strategic and like oh this’ll be good for me or this or it was just because I love it. … So I’ve been very lucky to kind of have that journey. And I’m not looking for anything else. I feel fortunate to be part of this. But I am itching, I have a lot of things I wanna do. And I’m not getting any younger, so…

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