There had been rumours of a Star Trek TV series possibly being in the works, but it’s now been confirmed and may reach the small screen as soon as next Autumn. Details on the premise are a mystery for the time being (further details may be revealed later today), but Star Trek movie producer Alex Kurtzman is developing the project for CBS Television Studios.
The network is currently searching for a writer, and as of right now, it’s said to be possible that the series will end up either on cable or a streaming service (you have to imagine that there will be quite a bidding war for Star Trek, especially with a new movie out next year).
Talking of movies, The Hollywood Reporter mentions that a fourth instalment in the franchise is being eyed for release in 2019, so that shows no signs of going away because of this show. The original Star Trek TV series was of course responsible for launching the franchise back in 1966, and it was followed by a number of spinoffs. The last ended back in 2005.
So, why is now the right time for a Star Trek TV show? The movie have been popular of course, but it seems like the decision stems from the fact that the rebooted movies an previous iterations continue to find success on both television and the likes of Netflix.
UPDATE: The press release has now been sent out by CBS, and it reveals that this Star Trek TV series will launch in January 2017 on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service (there’s no word on an international broadcast).
Plot details still haven’t been revealed, but the press release says it will, “introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.” This new series won’t be connected to the rebooted movies though.