Now that it has a director, Star Trek 3 also gets a release date

Things are now starting to move quickly for Star Trek 3.

Just one day after Justin Lin was officially announced as the film's director -- taking over for the departed Roberto Orci -- Paramount Pictures has set July 8, 2016 as the movie's release date. That's less than two years from now, which means Lin has his work cut out for him with what will presumably be an effects-and-action-heavy motion picture. 

With that narrow a window to get a movie of this size up and running, I have to wonder if the studio is just going to stick with the screenplay that Orci and two other writers were working on -- the one that allegedly involved some sort of time travel device that would allow a young Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) to come face to face with the older one (William Shatner) for the first time. Or it might be getting a rewrite as we speak to feel more like Guardians of the Galaxy.

How that all shakes out remains to be seen, but don't expect Paramount to budge from that date: July 8 is just two months shy of Star Trek's official 50th anniversary, as September 8, 1966 is when the original show's premiere episode, "The Man Trap," first aired on NBC.

Can Lin deliver a quality film worthy of the franchise's 50-year history with less than two years to go? Start the debate below...

(via Collider)

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