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Damon Lindelof diving into “Star Trek” sequel script

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Damon Lindelof went off the grid after “Lost” wrapped.

Hard to blame him. The media blasted its white-hot spotlight on Lindelof and his creative partner, Carlton Cuse, as the primetime television phenom approached its highly anticipated conclusion. Those who follow Lidelof on Twitter (@DamonLidelof) received infrequent updates during his European vacation … most of them about food or his inability to watch his beloved Lakers team as they made their recent title run.

But today, new news broke on Lindelof’s feed. He’s back in L.A. He’s getting back to work. And his next project is a script for the sequel to J.J. Abram’s “Star Trek” reboot, scheduled for release in 2012.

“Vacation officially over,” Lindelof tweeted. “Ready to boldly go.”

So are we. Last summer’s “Star Trek” reboot but the franchise back on the pop culture map, plugging younger actors like Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto into timeless roles once occupied by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

TrekMovie.com culled a few details on the direction of the sequel, which will be co-written by “Trek” collaborators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The duo claims to the fan site that they have a “front runner” for a villain — stop hoping for Khan — and that the story will focus primarily on the newly established Enterprise team learning to maneuver as a family.

It’s going to be difficult living up to Abrams’ first pass at “Trek.” The pieces are in place, particularly with this new cast. But the next step will tell if we have a short experiment on our hands, or the makings of a lengthy run, similar to the kind enjoyed by the initial “Trek” actors. Lord knows there are plenty of stories from the “Trek” canon to tell. Now we just have to wait and see if Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci choose wisely.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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