‘Star Trek 2′ Update: J.J. Abrams Returning To Star Fleet Once ‘Super 8′ Wraps

Movement on the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” revival hasn’t exactly been traveling at warp-speed, but it looks like the U.S.S. Enterprise could embark on its next voyage very soon — once the director’s work on “Super 8″ wraps, in fact!

We spoke with Abrams last week as part of our Summer Movie Preview and he revealed that he’d be taking a meeting with his “Trek” collaborators later that day. At the moment, there isn’t a script that’s been “officially approved” by anyone, he said, “but we’re working on it.”

For “Star Trek 2,” screenwriting duties fall upon the familiar duo of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the team that penned the previous “Trek” adventure, while “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof joins in as well, increasing his involvement from his producer role on the last film.

“Damon is working on the script for this one,” said Abrams. “As busy as I’ve been with ’Super 8,’ I remember that when we did the first one, Damon was that busy with ’Lost.’ So it’s going to be very cool to have him on board as a writer.”

“There are some amazing ideas. These are not just great friends of mine, but they’re great writers,” Abrams assessed of the writing crew that’s assembled for “Trek 2.” “I’m thrilled and very optimistic that it’s going to get to where it needs to get to.”

As for Abrams’ own involvement, he wouldn’t say whether or not he plans to return to the director’s chair for this next chapter in the “Star Trek” series — indeed, he hasn’t had much time to focus on the project at all thanks to “Super 8.”

“The truth is that my focus has been so much on finishing ’Super 8′ that it’s been something I’m looking forward to getting to, but with an incredibly compressed post schedule, there hasn’t been a whole lot of time for me to be working with the writers,” he admitted.

But with “Super 8″ nearly finished and heading into theaters this June, Abrams’ schedule is clearing up considerably: “Now that ’Super 8′ is drawing to a close in terms of this post schedule, I’m looking forward to jumping in and hopefully getting that ready as soon as possible.”

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