While Paramount gears up for this Summer’s theatrical release of Star Trek Beyond, let’s take a look and see where the production of the new Star Trek series Stands.
What We Know
Star Trek will premiere in January of next year because due to an arrangement made between Paramount and CBS, there can be no new Trek on TV until 6 months after the release of Star Trek Beyond in theaters. As reported by TrekCore, in November 2015, Les Moonves, CBS President released a statement on the CBS/Paramount split and why there has to be a wait:
“When [CBS] split from Viacom ten years ago, January 1, 2006, one of the big sticking points, as you can imagine, was “Star Trek.” You know, we both wanted it.
They said “It’s a movie!” and I said, “No, no, no, it’s a TV show.” Actually, we’re both right. So they kept the feature film rights, we kept the television rights; they have [“Star Trek Beyond”] coming out July 22.
Our deal with them is that we had to wait six months after their film is launched so there wouldn’t be a confusion in the marketplace.”
The new Star Trek series will not air on regular broadcast television. Rather, it will be featured on CBS All-Access the network’s answer to Netflix. The Pilot will premiere on CBS with the series showing on All-Access.
What This Means
This means that the new series won’t be beholden to normal broadcast television standards, it will be streaming online, so the push to get a massive audience will not be as great as if it were broadcast traditionally. Should the series not reach the demographic desired by CBS, there are any number of other media/broadcast outlets to widen the scope of the audience available.
Gene Roddenberry May Have Posthumous Contributions to the Series
In January of this year it was announced via Cnet that many documents of Gene Roddenberry’s, the creator of Star Trek had been recovered from over 200 obsolete floppy discs and contained a good amount of data. Could the, “Great Bird of the Galaxy,” have a hand in the new Star Trek series from beyond the grave? Stranger things have happened in Star Trek!
Mike Cobb, Director of Engineering for DriveSavers, the firm that was tasked with recovering the lost data had this to say about any potential Trek info on those discs:
“2016 just happens to be the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek. Anything could happen. The world will have to wait and see.”
What About the Story?
Not much is known at this point as CBS is keeping a tight lid on it, but there has been speculation that it will take place in the original (Prime) universe and may feature adventures set between the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Nicholas Meyer, writer and producer on the new series gave us a peek at Trek’s possible future:
The one thing I can relate to you is that ‘The Undiscovered Country’ — according to Bryan (Fuller) — is a real sort of taking off point, or touchstone for how I guess he’s thinking about the direction of the new show. I don’t want to be misquoted and I don’t want to misquote him, but he’s fond of that film. Let’s put it that way.
Last month, CBS released a teaser for the new series that features a flyby of what appeared to be a destroyed moon. Could this be Praxis, the Klingon moon that exploded in the early moments of Star Trek VI? According to BirthMoviesDeath, it is thought that this series will be set after The Next Generation. Alternately, TheMarySue referenced Brian Fuller via BirthMoviesDeath as stating that this will be an anthology series, featuring a new crew each season. We’ll bring you information on updates to the series as they become available. For now, check out CBS’ teaser below.
The Creative Staff for Star Trek 2017
Let’s take a look at who is involved so far. It is an intimidating list of accomplished producers and writers, many of which have extensive experience in the Star Trek Universe.
Brian Fuller– Brian Fuller’s most recent credits are for the series Pushing Daisies, and even more recently the critically acclaimed series Hannibal. He got his writing start on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager Fuller comes aboard as Series Creator and Showrunner.
Heather Kadin-Executive Director on the new series.
Alex Kurtzman– Kurtzman was writer of Star Trek 2009 and Star Trek Into Darkness. He is also known for writing Transformers (2007), and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He is serving as Executive Producer on the new series.
Rod Roddenberry-This is the son of Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry, he is serving in an Executive Producer capacity on the new series.
Nicholas Meyer– This is a BIG coup for the new show. Meyer was the writer and director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, without a doubt, the greatest of the Star Trek Films. He is a writer and producer on new series.
Kirsten Beyer-Beyer is author of 12 Star Trek novels and is a Trek Continuity expert as well as a writer on the new series.
Joe Menosky– He wrote such acclaimed favorites as Darmok, Time’s Arrow, and Year of Hell, and is a writer on new series.
Aron Coleite– Coleite is most widely known for his work on Heroes, and now steps in as a writer on the new show.
This show is shaping up to be epic! It is full of Trek alumni who love and care for the continuity that came before. The platform, CBS All-Access is exciting because for only $5.99 a month you have access to not just the new Trek, but all the series that went before it not to mention the thousands of other episodes of CBS shows going back decades. This is the way television is going, and like Star Trek: The Next Generation, who pioneered syndicated premiere, and Star Trek: Voyager, which served as a flagship series for the UPN back in 1995, it’s exciting to see Star Trek at the forefront again, helping to bring new technology into play for our entertainment purposes! So, what do you think? Who is excited to, “Boldly go,” into the, “Final Frontier,” again when the New Star Trek series premieres next January? Please LIKE, comment and share to encourage an open and honest dialogue. LLAP!