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Abrams Talks Star Trek Sequel, Alcatraz, Fringe And More

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Abrams Talks <i>Star Trek</i> Sequel, <i>Alcatraz</i>, <i>Fringe</i> And More

Scoring an interview with J.J. Abrams isn’t easy. He’s a busy man, after all. So when the Alias mastermind is willing to set aside a few minutes to talk shop, we’re more than ready to listen.

Abrams spoke with Collider and gave a big update on a number of his projects from the Star Trek sequel to Fringe, Alcatraz, Odd Jobs and other television efforts. Here are the highlights…

On whether or not he’ll direct Star Trek 2:

It’s a tough decision to make without seeing any pages. That’s not to say that I don’t have all the faith in the world in the spectacular writers. Damon Lindelof, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman are awesome. My hope is that they’ll write the script, it will be great and we can make a fun, exciting sequel to Star Trek.

On Alcatraz, his new Fox series written by Lost veteran Elizabeth Sarnoff:

I don’t want to give anything away because no one wants to hear that, but I will say that it’s a beautifully written and surprisingly emotional script, although not surprising when you know that Liz Sarnoff wrote it. She’s amazing. The show is about an incredibly odd and mysterious turn and secret about the prison of Alcatraz, and a modern-day mystery that involves something very odd that happened there 50 years ago.

The cast is unbelievable. It’s Sam Neill, Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia from Lost – who was the first person we cast and is just the greatest with an amazing role – and Johnny Coyne, who’s an amazing English actor. We have a spectacular cast. There are a number of other actors and it is wonderful. I’m really excited about the show.

There are sets being built, but there will be some of the pilot shot in San Francisco at Alcatraz.

On Fringe’s move from Thursday to Friday nights:

I’m horrified beyond belief, but as a fan of the genre and the show, I’m hoping that fans will tune in. I certainly can promise that it will be worth their while. The episodes that are coming up are spectacular. I guess you can just be hopeful and say that, if the work is good enough, it will find the audience. I think they’re doing better work now, even in the second half of Season 3, than they’ve ever done on the series. I’m just crossing my fingers that fans of the show, show up.

I don’t see an upside [to the move] because the audience on Friday nights is harder to find. But, that’s not to say that they aren’t there and that we might not be able to make it there. Certainly, I would be lying to you if I said I’m thrilled about the move. But, what I am thrilled about is that the network has been incredibly supportive and, despite its move to Friday, they’ve been nothing but encouraging of the show. It’s still on the air in its third season, and it’s not easy to do that. It’s not easy to get to Season 3 of anything. They’ve allowed the show to become truly great, I think. The question is, will audiences find a great show on Friday nights? I pray that they do.

Whew. That was a lot. And there’s even more, so head on over to Collider for the full report!

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