After over a decade of no Star Trek related anything on their network, CBS has decided they are throwing in fully with the 52-year-old franchise. Following their return to the franchise last year with CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery, the network has more on their plate.
According to Variety, less than a week after announcing that Alex Kurtzman will take over as the Star Trek: Discovery showrunner, CBS has announced the signing of a new five-year overall deal with Kurtzman that will put him in charge of a fully breadth of Star Trek related series, mini-series and other content for the network including a return to animation.
Reportedly there are multiple potential new shows including a series from Marvel’s Runaways showrunners Stephanie Savage & Josh Schwartz taking place at Starfleet Academy, a limited series with all plot being kept secret, a limited series said to revolve around the fan-favorite Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan and an animated series with no known plot details.
There is also said to be a possibility of Patrick Stewart returning as Captain Jean-Luc Picard for a Star Trek: The Next Generation spinoff, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This one is not as certain as the other potential shows, as source state a deal has not been reached & this project might not even move forward.
Kurtzman dove into the franchise first by co-writing for J.J. Abrams 2009 feature film reboot Star Trek before eventually moving over to the TV side of things for Discovery. His executive producer status was recently upgraded as he moved into the showrunner role after CBS fired season one showrunners Aaron Harberts & Gretchen Berg after accusations that they had been harassing the writers and others behind the scenes.
Also as part of the deal, CBS will have exclusive rights for five years to produce all television content developed by Kurtzman & his production company Secret Hideout which is run by Heather Kadin. That deal will include them working on non-Star Trek related materials as well.
“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,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios. “His talent, taste and ability to shepherd a successful project is unparalleled. Alex has done remarkable work for our Studio, dating back seven years to the launch of ‘Hawaii Five-O,’ and we are thrilled that he, Heather and their team will be partnering with us for a long time to come.”
Star Trek: Discovery returns for season two sometime in 2019.