Both the Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported Tuesday that plans are afoot to bring multiple new Star Trek shows to life, with Alex Kurtzman at the helm as part of a new five-year deal (he is currently the main showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery).
Kurtzman is a longtime Trek veteran, and co-wrote both the 2009 Star Trek film and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness.
“There is a very short list of writer-producer-directors that every film and television studio wants to be associated with, and Alex and his Secret Hideout team are always at the top,” David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios, said in a statement sent to both news outlets, and to Ars. “His talent, taste, and ability to shepherd a successful project is unparalleled.”
According to Variety, citing anonymous sources, 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.
A limited series whose plot details are being kept under wraps.
A limited series based around the Wrath of Khan story. Khan’s full name is Khan Noonien Singh. He was 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.
An animated series whose plot details are being kept under wraps.
Larry Nemecek, Star Trek’s unofficial historian, told Ars that some of these ideas have been “out there” for decades, including exploring the Khan storyline, another animated series, and the Starfleet Academy idea.
“We aren’t commenting further on rumors of potential series,” Kristen Hall, a CBS spokeswoman, emailed Ars.
In addition, Patrick Stewart, who portrayed Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on The Next Generation, hinted recently that he may be reprising his role on Star Trek: Discovery or perhaps another one of the Kurtzman shows.
Stewart said in an interview with Red Carpet News TV, he said that he had not seen the new series but that he “may have good cause to look at it very soon.”
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