“Where no man has gone before” seems to be the guiding principle of the new series that promises to be aboard a new ship, with a new crew, and all new adventures.
Since this article was originally written, a lot more has been revealed about the new Star Trek series coming to television in January of next year (2017), for example we now know the series will be called Star Trek Discovery, but here’s a lot more that was revealed yesterday August 10th 2016 by the show’s creator Bryan Fuller. Everything we learned about the show can be seen below.
With the news that the next Star Trek tv series, slated for arrival on the small screen next year in January 2017, has added director and co-writer Nicholas Meyeras as a series writer to the staff of the show that already includes Alex Kurtzman, and Bryan Fuller as producers. It seems to send a message they are serious about this series carrying on the traditions and qualities of the earlier series in the franchise, and seems like grounds to be excited for the arrival of the new show.
Kurtzman, of course has a lot of experience and success as producer of series that include Alias, Fringe, and more recently series like Sleepy Hollow, Scorpion, Limitless, and Hawaii Five-O, while Fuller can claim experience producing series including Star Trek Voyager, Pushing Daisies, and Heroes. As you can see, both have impressive resumes in the field of genre television entertainment.
Meyer is already well known for his contributions to the franchise having written Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, from the classic William Shatner/Leonard Nimoy cinematic era (of those, he also directed II and VI). According to IMDB he has already written the pilot episode for the new Trek series.
It’s unclear whether the new Star Trek will exist within the canon of Abrams-led films, but word is, it doesn’t. Fuller and Kurtzman’s new CBS series will stand alone from the forthcoming Star Trek Beyond feature film, which is due in cinemas in July 2016, on the show’s 50th anniversary year. According to news (from The Hollywood Reporter), an additional Star Trek film is also planned for 2019.
Fuller has been quoted as saying “the series will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise.” This probably means a whole new ship and crew will act as the focal point of the series, while taking place concurrently with the last two movies.
Things will begin in January 2017, with the first episode airing on the regular CBS network. All the episodes following the premiere will then air exclusively on CBS All Access, a VOD service that will run users $5.99/month.
Its exciting to ponder what may be in store for us with this new series, but speculation at this point beyond what we already know is pointless. Still, its exciting to ponder what’s next for the iconic franchise, and what the future may bring for it, and us the fans.
One can only hope the new series does not disappoint. The legacy of all the Trek series will be distilled, and deposited into this one, and we can only hope for the best, and that the talents of all the people involved will result in something wonderful, worthy of that legacy.
In related news, along with the information regarding Meyer comes word that Star Trek Beyond has begun to do some reshooting in order to introduce a new character to the film played by Shohreh Aghdashloo.
There has been news regarding the new series forthcoming from SDCC 2016 with an extended look at the new ship for the series potentially to be called Star Trek Discovery, coming in January 2017. You can see the video below.
While we don’t know the main character’s name, or who’s playing her, we do know that she will be a woman, human and a lieutenant. The show will also include an openly gay character. It’s the first time that Star Trek will be viewed through the eyes of a character who is not a captain, and Fuller said that the heart of the show will be in her journey through the universe and the people she meets. Fuller said she’s on a mission to discover herself and better understand the universe she’s a part of, and the 13 episodes will focus on that struggle to reach out of her safety zone.
According to Fuller, Discovery will take place 10 years before Captain James T. Kirk begins his five-year mission in the original series. Because of that, Fuller said there’s a chance that older characters that are referenced in the original series could make an appearance in the first season. Spock’s mother, Amanda Grayson, for example, isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
According to Fuller, Discovery will take place 10 years before Captain James T. Kirk begins his five-year mission in the original series. Because of that, Fuller said there’s a chance that older characters that are referenced in the original series could make an appearance in the first season. Spock’s mother, Amanda Grayson, for example, isn’t out of the realm of possibility. In addition the show will feature a plethora of aliens, more aliens than any other Trek series prior to this one.
This is the first serialized, non-episodic Star Trek series, according to Fuller. As such, it gave the writers room to really build a story and explore that potential. Fuller couldn’t get into details about the main story arc, but said it’s an event that was referenced in the original series but never properly explored. He added that it was an event most Trek fans would know and that it was canonical with the original series.
As far as the look of the look of the show goes, it’s going to be very 70’s but with a futuristic flair, from the sounds of it. Fuller said that when they were coming up with the aesthetic — an element that Fuller is particularly interested in — they studied old 70’s James Bond-inspired cars and 70’s art.
Per AICN, Fuller revealed that the lead character of Star Trek Discovery—who we know is a female, human, non-captain Starfleet officer—is referred to in the series as “Number One.” Additionally, while this first season will consist of 13 episodes, Fuller divulged that he would ideally like each season of Star Trek Discovery to comprise no more than 10 episodes, not unlike Game of Thrones. Indeed, the HBO series stuck to a 10-episode season on account of how herculean a challenge it is to actually produce the show every year, and if Fuller is going big with Discovery, it would behoove him to really hone in on 10 great hours of TV rather than rushing to put out more. There’s also the fact that he’s pulling double duty, serving as showrunner on Starz’s upcoming American Gods simultaneously.
We know that Fuller and fellow executive producer Alex Kurtzman—who co-wrote the 2009 Star Trek feature film as well as Star Trek Into Darkness—are scripting the first installment of Star Trek Discovery, but Fuller told AICN that Nicholas Meyer scripted the second hour. Meyer was a mighty exciting hire for Star Trek Discovery as he’s the one responsible for scripting the feature films Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home, and The Undiscovered Country, so it’s great to hear he’s spearheading one of the early episodes.
*UPDATE* – 11/29/2016*
As of this update we learned a few weeks back that Bryan Fuller has exited the production as show runner CBS made this statement “We are extremely happy with the creative direction of Star Trek: Discovery and the strong foundation that Bryan Fuller has helped us create for the series,” producers CBS Television Studios said Wednesday in a statement. “Due to Bryan’s other projects, he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day of Star Trek, but he remains an executive producer, and will continue to map out the story arc for the entire season. Alex Kurtzman, co-creator and executive producer, along with Fuller’s producing partners and longtime collaborators, Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, will also continue to oversee the show with the existing writing and producing team. Bryan is a brilliant creative talent and passionate Star Trek fan, who has helped us chart an exciting course for the series. We are all committed to seeing this vision through and look forward to premiering Star Trek: Discovery this coming May 2017.”
In addition there has been some casting news regarding the series. Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp have joined Michelle Yeoh as the first official cast members of “Star Trek: Discovery.”
Jones will play Lt. Saru, a Starfleet science officer and a member of an alien species new to the “Star Trek” universe. Anthony Rapp will play Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet science officer aboard the starship Discovery. Yeoh, whose addition to the cast was reported last week, will play Captain Georgiou, the Starfleet captain aboard the starship Shenzhou.
All three roles were confirmed Tuesday by CBS. More cast members are expected to be announced in the coming days.