Ladies and gentlemen: we have a date! Paramount has announced the release date for Star Trek 3. This date is just 3 months shy of the 50th anniversary date of debut of Star Trek: The Original Series back in 1966 on NBC.
To replace JJ Abrams (who had to leave to focus on Star Wars: The Force Awakens), the franchise has brought in Justin Lin to direct the movie. Originally Robert Orci had been hired to replace Abrams as the director of the Star Trek 3 since he wrote the first two reboot films. However, he has stepped away from the director's chair but remains on the project as a producer along with Abrams.
Justin Lin is known for directing three of the Fast and Furious films.