Star Trek 2, while eagerly awaited by new fans and old Trekkers, has been at the back of J.J. Abrams' mind for the past year. It hasn't really been a priority, since he was busy throwing his heart in soul into this summer's mystery thriller Super 8. Now that production is done on that film, and its quickly nearing its release, J.J. Abrams is ready to turn his full attention on the sequel to 2009's well-received Star Trek reboot.

While a script has yet to be officially approved, Abrams recently explained that Lost's Damon Lindelof, who produced the first chapter of this intergalactic saga, will have a strong hand in writing this time out, collaborating on the story with original writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

Here is what J.J. Abrams had to say.

"Damon is working on the script for this one. 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. I'm thrilled and very optimistic that it's going to get to where it needs to get to."

J.J. Abrams has still not committing himself to direct Star Trek 2 at this time, though.

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"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. 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."
B. Alan Orange