With huge success of Star Trek Discovery, the Star Trek franchise has been re-engaged and photon torpedoes are firing in all types of directions.
Discovery show-runner Alex Kurtzman has just secured a five year $25 million deal to create a Star Trek expanded universe. As per the deal he will developing new series, miniseries and other content, including animation. According to sources, these shows are already being fleshed out:
- A series set at Starfleet Academy
- One limited series about the Wrath of Khan
- The other limited series probably about Picard, but that’s being kept under wraps for now
- An animated series whose plot details are being kept under wraps
This says something about CBS’s commitment to the Star Trek franchise and that something amazing can come from a year of terrible mistakes, where it looked like Discovery’s very existence was questionable. There are also unconfirmed rumors that Patrick Stewart wants to reprise his role as Picard, whether that’s for the mini-series I mentioned above or if he wants his character to come back as an Obi-Wan type mentor for the younger characters, remains to be seen.
Star Trek is seeing a revitalization like never before. Back in the 90s, we had to wait until one Star Trek show was completed finished (and wait a few more years) before they aired another one. Now in the next five years we are getting five or six Star Trek TV shows on all at the same time! There’s also plans to merge the JJ Verse and the CBS verse if CBS Mergers with Viacom. It’s clear CBS is using Star Trek to beef up CBS All Access, which might very well become the go-to destination for all things Trek.