Star Trek Beyond Director Wants Movie to "Explore and Push" Into New Areas

"That sounds like the title of this film."

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The first trailer for Star Trek Beyond was released this week, giving fans a taste of what they could expect from the movie when it is released next summer. Now director Justin Lin has spoken more about the latest film in the Star Trek franchise.

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In an interview with Collider, Lin explained that now that the characters are fully established, following JJ Abrams' reboot in 2009 and 2012's Star Trek Into Darkness, he wanted to explore their relationships a little more deeply. "JJ did such a great job of putting all these people together, but I wanted to hopefully create an opportunity or a situation where we really see how they react to things and to each other," he said.

"In this timeline I wanted to hopefully create something where we can be on the five-year mission, we can hopefully explore and push, and introduce new species, and put them in situations where hopefully it then mirrors back and reflects about the exploration of humanity."

Lin also spoke about his initial conversations with Abrams, who remains a producer on the film. "He kinda tracked me down and we're talking and I didn't know what to expect," Lin admitted. "I thought maybe he's offering to go shoot a script that existed, and he said, 'No, it's yours. Go and be bold, and just take it. Be bold and make it what you think you would do to Star Trek'."

"The more we talked about it, the more we kept saying, 'Well, let's keep pushing, let's keep pushing,' and that's when Simon [Pegg, co-writer and star] kinda said, 'Well, it should be Star Trek Beyond.' We looked at each other and like, 'Oh! That sounds like the title of this film.'"

Finally, Lin was asked about his future with Star Trek, and if he would return for future movies. "I'll never say never, but I've had a great time," he said. "I've been very lucky to kinda have that journey and I'm not looking for anything else. I feel fortunate to be a part of this, but I am itching. I have a lot of things I wanna do and I'm not getting any younger."

Star Trek Beyond is set for release on July 22, 2016. It stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, and John Cho.

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