If you’re a Star Trek fan, a bounty of riches is on the way, as CBS is reportedly planning not one, not two, but four separate shows set in the franchise’s world. And at least one of them is going to make fans of The Next Generation lose their minds.
Variety reported on Tuesday on the four new shows currently in development. It’s important to note that CBS hasn’t officially announced anything yet. But according to Variety’s sources, here’s what’s in the works.
A Starfleet Academy show
The first show would be one taking place at the Starfleet Academy. The Academy has been mentioned and seen many times throughout the Star Trek canon, and a show set here has actually been floated in the past.
Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, who are best known for shows like The O.C., Gossip Girl, and Runaways, would reportedly create this series.
A Wrath of Khan limited series
Next up: a limited series apparently focusing on the Wrath of Khan storyline. The battle against Khan was previously the focus of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and then 2014’s Star Trek Into Darkness.
We don’t have any other information about what this show would be like. But this is our first indication that CBS is considering making some of these projects limited events rather than multi-season long shows.
An animated series
The third show is reportedly an animated series. All other details are currently unknown, including what the plot would be.
This, of course, wouldn’t be the first animated series in the franchise. Star Trek: The Animated Series aired for two seasons on NBC from 1973 to 1974, taking place after the events of the original series.
A show starring Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Variety’s article notes that the fourth show in development is a limited series whose plot details are a complete mystery. However, this comes as The Hollywood Reporter has its own scoop. Apparently, there are rumblings about a Star Trek show that would see Patrick Stewart returning as Jean-Luc Picard. Alex Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman, who produced Star Trek: Discovery, would reportedly produce this new Stewart show.
Fans had always speculated that Stewart might return to Star Trek someday. In fact, he hinted at it fairly recently. Earlier this month, when asked if he’s seen Discovery, Stewart said, “No, I haven’t, but I may have good cause to look at it very soon.”
At the time, fans just figured he meant he’d make a cameo on Discovery during the upcoming second season. Another option was that he would appear in the Quentin Tarantino Star Trek movie that’s in the early stages of development. After all, Stewart said the following in December 2017 when asked about returning to the franchise:
“People are always saying to me, ‘Will you be Jean-Luc Picard again?’ And I cannot think that would be possible, but there are ways in which something like that might come about. But one of my dreams is to work with Tarantino. I admire his work so much, and to be in a Tarantino film would give me so much satisfaction. So, if he is going to direct something to do with Star Trek and there was the possibility of dear old Jean-Luc showing up again and doing that for Mr Tarantino, I would embrace it.”
However, fans had no clue they’d be lucky enough to get a whole new show with Picard. The Hollywood Reporter describes the series as being led by Stewart, so we’re not just talking about a cameo here.
Where will they air?
So in what places might these shows be released? You might assume they’ll all go to CBS All Access, as that’s where Star Trek: Discovery is currently housed.
But apparently, that isn’t necessarily going to be the case. According to CBS News, these new shows could potentially air on broadcast or cable channels.
Presumably, at least a few of the shows will probably end up on CBS All Access alongside Discovery. But it sounds like there’s the possibility of at least one of them actually being available to those who don’t subscribe to All Access.
Alex Kurtzman will produce each of the series
This news of new Star Trek shows comes as Alex Kurtzman has signed a five-year overall deal extension with CBS Television Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Kurtzman produced Star Trek: Discovery and will serve as its sole showrunner during the second season. He also co-wrote the screenplays for the first two rebooted Star Trek films, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.
So with Kurtzman overseeing all of these new shows, expect them to be roughly in the same vein as the recent Star Trek content from CBS, albeit with some new creative voices getting involved.
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