Following the December 5th exit of Roberto Orci as director, of Star Trek 3 fans began a social media campaign (#BringinRiker) to install Jonathan Frakes aka TNG’s Commander William T. Riker as Orci’s replacement. The move was apparently welcomed by Frakes, who said,
“I’m all over it. I’m all over it….I say, unabashedly, I’d be great at it and would love to do it. I’m trying to keep the lid on how excited I am about the possibility, knowing it’s such a long shot. But there’s nothing I would like better.”
Frakes had reached out to J.J. Abrams, but apparently the previous film’s director isn’t the designated decider; Paramount is going with Fast and Furious franchise man, Justin Lin. Lin reportedly also beat out Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End), Morten Tyldum (Headhunters, The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44) and Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist, Rise of the Planet of the Apes). While Lin is a better box office guarantee, as a series fan, I can’t help wishing Frakes (who’s directed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Castle, Burn Notice, Dollhouse, Roswell and Star Trek: First Contact ) had gotten the job. He’d likely have infused with that human connection that seems to be missing from the newest film incarnations (2009’s Star Trek, and 2013’s Into Darkness).
2015 is already shaping up to be a good year for Lin; the director has been tapped to film (at least) the first two True Detective episodes. What say you, Trekkies — you feeling this?