Star Trek Beyond

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Star Trek Beyond
File:Star Trek Beyond poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Justin Lin
Produced by
Written by
Based on Star Trek 
by Gene Roddenberry
Music by Michael Giacchino
Cinematography Stephen F. Windon
Edited by
  • Greg D'Auria
  • Dylan Highsmith
  • Kelly Matsumoto
  • Steven Sprung
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • July 22, 2016 (2016-07-22)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million[1]

Star Trek Beyond is an upcoming American science fiction film directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, based on the series of the same name created by Gene Roddenberry. It is the thirteenth film in the Star Trek film franchise and the third installment in the reboot series after Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprise their roles as Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock, with Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin reprising their roles from the previous films, and Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella joining them. Principal photography began on June 25, 2015, in Vancouver with the film scheduled for a July 22, 2016, release.


The crew of the USS Enterprise, halfway into their five-year mission, are attacked by a seemingly unstoppable wave of unknown aliens forcing them to abandon ship. Stranded on an unknown planet and with no apparent means of rescue, the crew find themselves in conflict with a new ruthless enemy.[2]




With director J.J. Abrams returning as a producer only of the third film while focusing on Star Wars: The Force Awakens,[3][4][5][6] writer Roberto Orci replaced him as director in May 2014.[7][8][9] However, in December Orci's role was changed to producer only as well,[10] with Edgar Wright considered to replace him, along with a shortlist of directors including Rupert Wyatt, Morten Tyldum, Daniel Espinosa, Justin Lin, and Duncan Jones.[11] Also, Star Trek actor and film director Jonathan Frakes expressed interest in the job.[12] At the end of the month, Lin was announced as director of the third installment.[13]


In 2013, Orci had begun writing the script with Patrick McKay and John D. Payne,[14][15] with Payne saying of the script in March, "We really want to get back to the sense of exploration and wonder. The kind of optimistic sense of the future that Star Trek has always kind of had at its core. It's the Chicago Bulls in space, in terms of these people who are all awesome at their job."[16] In January 2015, after Orci's departure, Simon Pegg and Doug Jung were hired to rewrite the screenplay,[17] with Pegg saying on the previous draft, Paramount "had a script for Star Trek that wasn't really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y." Pegg had been asked to make the new film "more inclusive", stating that the solution was to "make a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it's more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent."[18] Orci, Payne and McKay are given official "written by" credit alongside Pegg and Jung, although Pegg clarified that neither he nor Jung had read the existing script before crafting their own for the film.[19]


The first film's major cast members signed on for two sequels as part of their original deals.[20] In 2014, early in the film's development, William Shatner said that he was contacted by producer Abrams to see if he would be interested in a possible role, but as the process continued and the script changed hands, the role never materialized.[21][22] In March 2015, Idris Elba was in early talks to play the villain, and he was confirmed for the role in the following months.[23][24] Pegg noted that the villain would be an original one, rather than a known antagonist from past stories in the Star Trek franchise.[25] In April, Sofia Boutella was joined the cast in an unspecified lead role,[26] and in early July, Deep Roy was confirmed to reprise his role of Keenser.[27] That month, Joe Taslim was added to the cast in a role opposite Elba's villain,[28] and by August, Lydia Wilson joined in an unspecified role.[29] In March 2016, Shohreh Aghdashloo was cast as the High Command of the Federation for reshoots on the film.[30]


Principal photography on the film began on June 25, 2015, in Vancouver,[31] and Squamish, British Columbia, after several delays caused by multiple script rejections.[32][33][34][35] Additional filming locations were Seoul, South Korea, and Dubai, UAE.[36][37] Principal filming ended on October 15, 2015. In March 2016, production underwent reshoots, with Aghdashloo added to the cast.[30]


In August 2015, composer Michael Giacchino confirmed that he will be returning to write the score.[38]


The film is to be released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D. In August 2014, it was announced that Paramount had pushed back the release of the film to 2016 in time for the 50th anniversary celebration of Gene Roddenberry's original sci-fi series.[39] In December, it was announced that the film was to be released on July 8, 2016.[40] In September 2015, the film's release date was pushed back to July 22, 2016.[41] The film is scheduled to be released in Dolby Cinema format in selected theaters.[42]


A teaser trailer for the film released on December 14, 2015,[43] was criticized heavily for focusing too much on action and for featuring the Beastie Boys song "Sabotage", which many considered out of place, despite its prominent use in the first film of the rebooted series. Pegg expressed similar thoughts of dissatisfaction with the teaser, claiming that he "didn't love it" because "I know there’s a lot more to the film." He considered the trailer to be the marketing team saying "Come and see this movie! It's full of action and fun!"[44] A second trailer for the film was released on May 20, 2016, to much warmer reviews.[citation needed]


The film was nominated for Best Teaser at the 17th Annual Golden Trailer Awards.[45]


Pine and Quinto have signed contracts to return as Kirk and Spock for a fourth film, should one be made.[46]


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