Justin Lin on destroying the Enterprise in Star Trek Beyond
DIRECTOR Justin Lin has proven he's just as deft with a starship as a muscle car.
The filmmaker, who is best known for his work on three of the Fast & Furious films, has taken over the reins of JJ Abrams' rebooted Star Trek franchise.
"Having this amazing crew and cast made it easier," Lin told APN.
"Nothing's ever easy; filming is relentless but that sense of calm I felt was because I'm working with amazing people."
Stars Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), John Cho (Sulu), Karl Urban (Bones), Zoe Saldana (Uhura) and Simon Pegg (Scotty) all return as the crew of the SS Enterprise in Star Trek Beyond.
The third film in the rebooted sci-fi franchise sees the Enterprise and her crew ambushed by a mysterious force after picking up a distress call at the remote Federation outpost of Yorktown.
Lin worked with Pegg, who doubles as scriptwriter this time around, to destroy the iconic Enterprise, leaving her crew disparate and stranded on a strange planet.
"When I came on I wanted to deconstruct Star Trek, in this case very literally," he said.
"It was something I didn't want to take lightly. I love that ship. It's been a part of my life since I was eight. I wanted to do it right, and at the same time in the construct of it I wanted to make sure it sets our characters off hopefully into their specific journeys."
Lin brought new technology to the franchise to help make the action as realistic as possible.
"This is the first Star Trek that we had shakers and rotating sets," he said.
"In the past the actors would just move or they would move the camera. So after 50 years (of Star Trek) we finally got to build hallways that would rotate 360 degrees. It's amazing how inertia and momentum brings that sense of reality even in the most subtle way."
The Taiwanese-born filmmaker also used computer animation to bring mind-bending visuals to Yorktown, which featured buildings and streetscapes oriented at 90 degree angles to one another.
"I work with some of the best craftsmen and women in the world," he said.
"I love having these production meetings where I show up and tell them what we're about to do and I see confusion or fear in their eyes because I know that means we're going to do something special."
Lin sees nothing controversial about his and Pegg's matter-of-fact decision to make the Enterprise's helmsman Hikaru Sulu (Cho) gay, despite the storyline receiving criticism from original Sulu actor George Takei.
"As a fan of Star Trek watching the TV series I always wondered what happened when Sulu and Chekov leave the bridge. Do they hang out? Do they not like each other?" he said.
"Going on a five-year mission there are going to be a lot of parts of life that we sometimes just take for granted. It was very important for me to showcase that (personal side) with every character."
Star Trek Beyond opens nationally tomorrow.