Reports are saying that after just a few days after getting named as new showrunner of Star Trek Discovery, writer/producer Alex Kurtzman has renewed his overall deal with CBS Television Studios in an agreement that calls for him to oversee the expansion of the franchise with series, miniseries and even animation. This announcement is good news in more than one way. First of all, its strongly implicit that CBS finally realizes what it has on its hands, and secondly, that post-Star Trek Discovery CBS is feeling confident enough to be wholly committed to making the Trek brand into a major science fiction enterprise (pun intended) on a level that could compete with Disney’s Star Wars. We can only hope it turns out well and does not mark the end of our beloved Trek Universe.
What does this mean for the franchise? Does it mean our futures will be ripe with new Trek adventures that will take us where no man (or woman) has gone before? Perhaps, to a point, but realistically its way to soon to tell. We can only wait and watch as things develop and hope for the best. I happen to have a few ideas that have been percolating on my back burners for a while. Maybe its time to write up some treatments.
Even though CBS made their announcement publically, most details of what is planned remains ‘under wraps.’ The potential new shows are said to include a series set at Starfleet Academy from creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz. The duo most recently developed the CW’s reboot of “Dynasty” and previously created shows like “Gossip Girl” and Hulu and Marvel’s “Runaways.” There are also plans for a separate stand-alone miniseries with an unrevealed storyline. Another part of the plan going forward involves a limited series based around the “Wrath of Khan” story. Khan’s full name is Khan Noonien Singh. Famously portrayed by Ricardo Montalbán in both the original series episode “Space Seed” and again in the film “Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan.” Benedict Cumberbatch then played the character in the 2013 film “Star Trek Into Darkness.” CBS’s plans also include an animated series whose plot details are also being kept ‘under wraps.’
As most readers probably know, Kurtzman is no stranger to the world of movie and television production. He is perhaps best known for his film and television collaborations with longtime partner Roberto Orci, with whom he worked on such projects as The Island, Mission: Impossible III, the Transformers franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Fringe and Sleepy Hollow. However, the duo parted ways professionally in 2014 leading Kurtzman to direct Universal Pictures’ The Mummy.
Along with this news come other reports, or perhaps more accurately rumors, that indicate Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard may be back in the captain’s chair on CBS All-Access. These rumors are as of yet unfounded, but one thing seems sure, there will be no lack of Trek in our futures.