Just as a random side note while I'm watching... Star Trek: TMP is like a turtle compared to the new movie.
At least it's not a turtle head...
Seriously, this was the absolute tricky part. I think the success of this movie will make it easier to let loose the creativity of this team to tell a uniquely new Star Trek story with their own imprint.
THEY will establish continuity and canon now, which is as it should be.