Marc Bernardin
March 31, 2009 AT 08:45 PM EDT

The question is, How soon is too soon? More than a month before J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek hits theaters — and either delights audiences or splats on the windshield of fan discontent — Paramount has already locked in writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Lost‘s Damon Lindelof to work on the sequel. I guess that’s a good sign: Would they be moving ahead with Star Trek 12: The Dirtiest Dozen (not the official title) if Paramount wasn’t positively giddy at the way Abrams’ reboot turned out? Probably not. And it’s not like they’re rolling cameras tomorrow — hiring writers is, in Hollywood, the equivalent of meeting for coffee, not picking out china patterns.

But it does smack a bit of overconfidence. This is an announcement that could easily have been made once the opening weekend box-office numbers came in. Right now, though…it feels like hubris. And that rarely ends well.

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