Justin Lin is a Taiwanese-born American filmmaker whose movies have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. Lin is responsible for re-booting the Fast & Furious franchise, along with groundbreaking work in virtual reality and innovative projects in both TV and film. Most recently, Lin directed the critically acclaimed blockbuster Star Trek Beyond, the final film in the modern Star Trek trilogy.
Lin began his career at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where he studied film directing. Lin then went on to direct the box-office hits The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift; Fast & Furious; Fast Five; Fast and Furious 6; Touchstone Picture’s Annapolis; and Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee, which was released by IFC Films and The Weinstein Company after it successfully premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. His solo directorial debut, the critically acclaimed Better Luck Tomorrow, which he co-wrote, co-produced and edited, also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award. Lin helmed the first ever live-action virtual reality short film for mobile devices, Help, in partnership with Google’s Spotlight Stories in 2015. He also directed several episodes of the cult TV series hit Community.
In 2012, Lin founded the production company Perfect Storm Entertainment with the intent of producing films and television with a global perspective. On the film side, the company currently has Netflix’s The Stand Off; on the TV side, it has CBS’ Scorpion and the upcoming SWAT, and Cinemax’s upcoming Warrior. Lin also founded the digital company YOMYOMF to give a new outlet for aspiring Asian American filmmakers. He is currently developing and producing several new television and film projects for CBS, Paramount, Sony, Cinemax and Warner Bros.