J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot won't be seen until May 8, but Paramount is already rounding up Abrams' sci-fi friends for the sequel.
Abrams' Lost cocreator Damon Lindelof will join Fringe producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman — who penned the upcoming release — to write the screenplay for the follow-up, according to Variety. Abrams will return to produce the next installment, but no decision has been made about whether he'll also direct.
Lindelof said he hopes fans don't think he and his colleagues are getting ahead of themselves. "There's obviously a lot of hubris involved in signing on to write a sequel of a movie that hasn't even come out yet," he said. "But we're so excited about the first one that we wanted to proceed."
Kurtzman is eager to get fan reaction before deciding which way to go, but the trio hopes to deliver a script by Christmas for what could be a summer 2011 release.
Orzi and Kurtzman are currently working with Lindelof on Dreamworks' Cowboys and Aliens.
Are you happy to see Lindelof join the writing team, or do you think the writers are getting ahead of themselves?