Star Trek Beyond, the iconic franchise’s upcoming 50th anniversary film, has officially entered production, and director Justin Lin has celebrated the first day of shooting by revealing the newest incarnation of the Starfleet logo.
Lin unveiled the new logo in the form of a shoulder patch, an image of which was posted on his Twitter feed. The director, who comes to Star Trek Beyond after previously helming Fast and Furious 6 and Better Luck Tomorrow, is an avid user of the social media platform, a trait that fans hope continues through his newest production.
— Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) June 29, 2015
Fan reaction to the new Starfleet logo was mostly positive, and many wasted no time in asking the director where they could get their own version. As CinemaBlend notes, the design hearkens back to the original Star Trek show of the 1960s, a subtle fact that may be tied directly to the plot of the new film.
Simon Pegg, who has been credited with the most recent script work on Star Trek Beyond, previously spoke about the film, and differences that would exist between it and the two other movies in the rebooted universe. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Pegg noted that the Beyond moniker refers to the crew of the Enterprise heading into deep space on the five-year-mission that defined the original Star Trek. The two most recent films, by contrast, saw much of their action take place around Earth and nearby star systems.
‘Star Trek 3’ is officially titled ‘Star Trek Beyond’ http://t.co/iYkxTCdqtU pic.twitter.com/TT8B9oVErF
— NME Movies (@NMEFilmAndTV) June 30, 2015
Though Lin is known for being prolific on Twitter, J.J. Abrams is acting as a producer for Star Trek Beyond, and may curtail the director’s ability to reveal information about the upcoming film. Colin Trevorrow utilized Twitter in much the same manner when filming Jurassic World, however, and kept fans’ interest piqued during the long shooting process, revealing tantalizing (if trivial) details of the finished film.
— Screen Rant (@screenrant) June 30, 2015
Lin originally came to Star Trek Beyond after veteran Trek hand Roberto Orci dropped out of directing the project (he stayed on as a producer, however, as Deadline Hollywood reports). Beyond was set to be Orci’s directorial debut, after Abrams departed to take on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Orci had co-written a version of the film’s script with Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, though Pegg and Doug Jung were responsible for major re-writes following his departure.
Beyond will hit theaters on July 8, 2016, just in time for the official celebration of Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary.
[Image via io9]