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Justin Lin Defends Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Posted By:Matt McGloin
Wed, 12/16/2015 - 10:17


The first Star Trek Beyond trailer was met with mixed emotion as it was heavy on action and didn't feature much else.

Star Trek veterans George Takei and Wil Wheaton weren't big fans, and Hollywood and DC Comics writer Max Landis had more than a few things to say about it.

Now with all the criticism having hit the net, director Justin Lin comes out to defend the trailer.

Speaking with Slash Film, Lin offers it's only the first tease, that it's just a minute and a half, and that they are trying to be bold and take risks.

You can view the Star Trek Beyond trailer here.

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, whether we are successful or not, I don’t know.

Regarding use of the Beastie Boys music:

It’s in the DNA of this canon. It was in the ’09 Trek, and we went through different iterations of the teaser and I wanted to make sure whatever here is using all the elements from the film. It’s been a part of this Kirk’s journey and so I felt it was very organic, and it will ultimately be in the finished film.

Lin also seems to say that he really didn't put the trailer together himself as he comments on the motorcycle scene as well as the question if he made a Fast & Furious movie set in the Star Trek universe (note: it's often the case that the studio will put the trailers together and not the director).

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.

"Star Trek Beyond" has a July 22, 2016 release directed by Justin Lin starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Sofia Boutella and Idris Elba.