Taking part in a webchat with readers of British newspaper the Guardian, JJ Abrams spilled the beans about everything: The future of Fringe, why he's rebooting Star Trek and what has changed about the end of Lost. He even touched on the possibility of a sequel to this year's Cloverfield. We have the highlights of the chat for those of you who get worried by the idea of being in a chatroom with guys called things like "djbollocks."On Fringe:
We have a big picture which we are working to. We have a six chapter idea. That inevitably changes along the way. You make discoveries which you can't anticipate... We are still finding our rhythm. If you look back at the early episodes of your favourite shows you will find they are a little bit to the left of what the show ultimately became. I feel we are still arriving. The fourth episode, "The Arrival," is closer to what the show will be... [E]pisode 4 begins it, the over-arcing mystery of the show. The goal is to do both - to tune in and enjoy without knowing anything that comes before it but also if you watch every week you will see things you understand and that are connected to the larger picture.
On Star Trek:
[What interested me about the project] was the opportunity to tell a story that was based on a world and characters that I felt were just compelling and optimistic and the opportunity to treat that universe with a kind of energy and excitement and the resources we had. It didn't feel like a classic reboot or prequel. It is a brand new thing inspired by characters that are poised to make a big comeback.
We had a lot of possibilities as to where the show would go. The truth is, I haven't been running it since i went off to do MI:III. The evolution of what the show has become now is something that we could never have completely planned out. Like any great showrunner, Damon Lindelof has been decisive as he has become flexible. As to what the ultimate resolution is, there is just a vague resemblance to what we decided when we first started doing the show... There are some elements close to what Damon and I discussed when we first discussed it. Damon has taken it in a far more sophisticated and interesting direction because he has had to. Damon has brilliantly expanded upon that and created an amazing narrative for that. The only thing I regret is that i have ADD and I have been so busy with other things that I miss being there full time. I miss hanging out with Damon. I miss the actors with whom I had such an incredible time on the pilot. If I have any feelings about the show it is pride and amazement in what Damon has done.
On Cloverfield 2:
There is an idea that we are working on that I hope will come to fruition. We are playing with it right now. Obviously we don't want to commit to something we don't love and feel inspired by but we have a pretty cool idea we are playing with.
JJ Abrams live webchat [Guardian.co.uk]