Paramount Pictures desperately wanted a film in theaters in time to celebrate Star Trek’s golden anniversary. But after rejecting a script — and ultimately the director — of what had been tentatively called “Star Trek 3,” the studio had to find a way to pull it together, with producer J.J. Abrams hand-picking Justin Lin to do the job.
Although Lin has acknowledged his work on “Beyond” as a “rescue mission,” he actually wasn’t the first to bill it that way. Abrams was.
“It was like, ‘Hey, this is a rescue mission,'” Lin told Wired reporter Logan Hill about his conversation with the director of both 2009’s “Star Trek” and 2013’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” In fact, Lin was chosen because of his “command of a large cast, a great sense of action, a sense of human” and his “ability to tell stories that would speak to cultures all over the world.”