While Star Trek is back on track at the box office, it’s still recovering from the crash of the NX-01 on the small screen several years ago . . .

The rumored resurrection of TV-Trek is becoming a regular event. This year it’s the turn of the two Bryans, namely Bryan Fuller (Star Trek: Voyager, Pushing Daises) and Bryan Singer (X-Men).

These rumors actually go as far back as 2005 when Singer and screenwriter Chris McQuarrie laid the foundation for Star Trek – Federation during a Sushi dinner. They however never actually pitched it to CBS or Paramount.

The Federation team proposed to not start from scratch:

“The great strength of Star Trek is the very Universe in which it’s set. The characters. The starships. The aliens. The stories. Gene Roddenberry himself provided the perfect example how to create a wildly successfully new Star Trek series… Acknowledge what’s come before, but then set your stage far enough in the Star Trek future when everything old is new again. Turn the Star Trek universe upside down. Shake vigorously.”

That all shook up universe set six centuries after Star Trek: The Next Generation makes quite an interesting read:

The Federation is falling apart; many younger members of the UFP have left; the Vulcans are reunited with the Romulans; the Klingons have undergone a massive reformation to become true and honorable warriors again; the Cardassians have transformed into a “society of artists and philosophers” while the Ferengi are a powerful force in the Alpha Quadrant.

Then a new powerful and ruthless force called The Scourge arrives, destroying two colonies and a federation ship, whose only survivor goes by the name of Kirk and will soon be the Captain of a new Enterprise ready to take on the so-called Scourge.

In 2008 the other Bryan told MTV about his ambitions for Trek on TV:

“I would love to do another Star Trek series. One where you could go back to the spirit and color of the original Star Trek, because somehow, it got cold over the years. I love Next Generation, but it’s a little cooler and calmer than the ones from the ‘60s, which were so dynamic and passionate. Deep Space Nine was the best of the modern ones, because it was so emotionally complicated. Enterprise was the most sterile of all of them, when it should have been the most fun. Star Trek has to recreate itself. Otherwise, all the characters start to feel the same. You always have a captain, a doctor, a security officer, and you have the same arguments based on those perspectives. It starts to feel too familiar. So all those paradigms where it takes place on a starship have to be shaken up.”

Right now both Bryans are shaking things up with Mockingbird Lane, the reboot of The Munsters, and compared notes about their pet project: Star Trek on TV, of course.

“Bryan and I are big fans of Trek,” Fuller told Entertainment Weekly, “and have discussed a take on what we would do, and we would love to do it.”

However he added: “I don’t think anything is going to happen in any official capacity until after the next movie comes out. And I’m sure it would be wisely under J.J. Abrams’ purview of what happens. He’s the guardian of Trek right now.”

J.J.Abrams of course has a production deal with Paramount for three feature films, but his TV ties lie with Warner Brothers (Fringe and other projects) and the rights to TV-Trek are still with CBS, so a new Trek show would most likely developed there.

The latest Star Trek Movie did indeed perform well at the box office and scored with both the mainstream and the majority of the trekkies, so J.J. Abrams’ input might carry a lot of weight here. On the other hand he already admitted that he’s not a big Star Trek fan and his movie didn’t show much respect for the established Trekverse.

He’s not exactly the poster boy for a “Guardian of Trek” here, but maybe Bryan Fuller was just poking at him to get TV-Trek going again. We’ll have to wait for J.J. Abrams to answer that one . . .

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  • Trek Fan 4 ever

    We need to see a new Star Trek on TV again.  A weekly dose of Trek with some good writers by J.J. Abrams, Kutrzman and Orci will make it contemporary again. Look what Kurtzman and Orci did with Hawaii 5-O and the new Transformers CGI cartoon. They can do the same with Star Trek. 

  • Jongejanroy

    hope its not going to be a CGI cartoon, wood be a bump in star trek experience for all 

  • Leroy

    I think there’s a point that’s being missed here in considering a new Star Trek series.  Many ideas seem to want to reinvent Kirk, McCoy, Spock or go back to some kind of new beginning or an alternate universe (such as J.J.’s movie Trek reboot).  The real heart and soul of Star Trek is the positive future it attempts to show.  Many sci-fi movies of late (as well as television series) are too wrapped up in the doom of Earth’s future or alien invasions or some kind of future that is dark and depressing.  Gene Roddenberry never saw it that way. He believed is a future bright with promise, where people and aliens of all different races work together.  There has always been a kind of urban legend about Star Trek series where people have had miraculous healings after watching the shows. People would decide that they wanted to pursue careers in the sciences because of the positive future painted by Star Trek.  How many sci-fi type shows do that currently?  It would take a bunch of really good writers/storytellers to bring this kind of energy to the small screen.  It can be done.  But if you try to re-do Star Trek in some fashion, you fall into the problems movies are having.  Rehashing the same thing.  Not sure what it would take to make this a success.  You have the fan base for it to be a success if done properly.  Then again, maybe it’s time to let it rest for awhile.

  • Jongejanroy

    good point leroy i agree to all.
    because all movies lately are dark end making feer of a dooms day.
    but in stng S 01.P 01 Q dhit show that the doomsday days ware in the past end humans learned of ther mistakes.that showing in the and of the series! i hope if thy make a another serie. i hope it will not bee kirk but something new in the alternate universe of star trek.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PQHZD7CBVXL34H22M5B5G7R5NQ Nancy

    Well, yeah -that’s what makes Star Trek – Keep the original concept and work through the $8+t it has with a zillion complications – its a never ending story – we can even take it through the apocalypse and beyound

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PQHZD7CBVXL34H22M5B5G7R5NQ Nancy

    GET TO WORK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jdr458

     The next Star Trek should not be from the point of view of the Federation.  The Federation is an integral part of Star Trek and is always a support of the story, not a confining entity like a specific crew.  The new Star Trek should be a bit Caotic, sporadic jumps from one crew to another yet with a unison, Curson Dax (In a Male) & Benjamin Sisco as cargo runners and all out adventures and explorers. They run cargo to finance exploration, to find answers to questions that captured them as officers of the federation, questions like the bullets below.

    Finding parts from the wreckage the two defiant class ships that were destroyed and with the help of Federation and others friends he rebuilds a somewhat defiant like ship, better in some ways not in others. curzon wants??  Worf is the leader of the new empire of Klingons and has very mixed ideas of what to do about Curson.  He vehemently wants him dead and also cherish his opinion and friendship at times.  Kira wants to free Riker as she promised, and also love him and so hires Sisco and Curzon to help free him from Cardassian prison.

    7 marries Chakotay but latter wants to free her parents from the Borg and so the two of them take command of a Borg ship (with trans warp conduit intact) with freed Borg as there crew.  They have adventure acquiring supplies and getting the ship and crew ready for the journey to the Delta quadrant.  Many ships hear of the trip to the Delta quadrant and join, including Dax & Sisco, Riker wanting to flee Federation judgment, Kira and odo in a last minute appearance with some changeling friends that changed their whole attitude about everything drastically after their defeat and most importantly after his being in the great sea a while.
    Too many stories are left unanswered
    Dr. Moriarty
    Tin Man
    Riker 2 in Cardasian prison (Kira?)
    7s parents
    Village of Drones out of the collective
    Adult Wesly Crusher
    Dr. Soones old age child, part human part android, in stasis underground on the planet where Dr. Soone died till a specific cure has been developed.  The emotion chip has instruction that will inform Data when he got info on the cure, not to take control of him to resurrect the boy and care for him.
    There are many many more stories to tell these are but a few off the top of my head (not the best) to consider.  I am not a Trekke just a man with a mental condition that requires the story to continue.  Doctors Orders.

    I jotted this all down in a moment but I can refine it if I knew I had a CONNECTED EAR.  I think that I got something that makes a difference, as with all Trekkies and admirers.  

    Jerome D. Robinson



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