Fans sitting down to watch “Star Trek: Beyond” will still feel the presence of producer J.J. Abrams, but new director Justin Lin has gone out of his way to make his own mark.
“I think Justin brought his own vision to the story for sure,” the film’s Spock, Zachary Quinto, told Entertainment Weekly‘s Nick Romano. “I don’t think he was trying to do it like J.J., which is great. And they’re very different people, they’re very different directors.”
Abrams directed the 2009 film “Star Trek” as well as its sequel “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” but stepped aside for “Beyond” so that he could take on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” That opened up what seemed to be a hot battle for the director’s job, one that ultimately landed in the lap of one of Abrams’ most trusted writers, Roberto Orci.