New Star Trek Series Reportedly In The Works
It's been over six years since we last had the luxury of a weekly episodic Star Trek series to tune into. And despite the fact that it's kind of my guilty pleasure, "Enterprise" damn near killed one of the most prolific franchises in television and movie history.
Well, without mincing words, all of that is seemingly about to change. With the success of 2009's "Star Trek" reboot, and with the establishment of that new series helmed by J.J. Abrams, it seems as if another Star Trek television series could be in the works.
But fear not. If you're not a fan of the new canon established by Abrams in the latest movie, reports are indicating that the new series would disregard those changes, and take place sometime after the events of "Star Trek: Voyager".
Without spoiling too much, the events of the 2009 reboot changed the entire Star Trek universe, establishing a new "dimension", if you will, thanks to a time travelling Romulan. While certain hardcore fans didn't like it, they did manage to explain things relatively well, and even though it wasn't exactly what we were used to out of the franchise, it worked, and it was more than entertaining as a film. This coming after the only cancelled Star Trek series in four decades, of a show that wasn't exactly up to par with what fans were used to, from The Original Series, all the way to Voyager.
Now comes word that a brand new series is being prepared to be pitched to CBS by David Foster of 1947 Entertainment. Foster had the following to say in an interview with Trek Web:
The series concept is fully developed, subject to change of course, with a solid 5-7 year series plan, pilot script and a conceptualized finale that intends to define Star Trek for generations, extensive character bios, costume and ship/set designs, and more. This is a drastic departure from the typical 8-10 page treatment of the previously pitched Star Trek series ideas that have not included even a pilot script.
Though Kevin and I did thoroughly enjoy Star Trek (2009), the vision that we have created is true to the “pre-2009 screen canon” (TV and movies).
The series is set in the post-Voyager era, and is designed to return Star Trek to its original series roots in big and mighty ways, without disregarding the other series and movies. As Star Trek (2009) was an alternate timeline, it will not conflict with any canon there either. The co-creators are avid believers in Gene Roddenberry’s ‘positive view of the future’ and intend to bring Star Trek back to its origins while moving forward with the timeline, integrating the best aspects of each of the previous series.
The series is highly energized with a much younger cast, and uses cutting-edge future technologies with newly envisioned special effects and designs. It includes Klingons, Ferengi, Andorians, Vulcans, Trill, and many more. The Klingons are getting very restless since the Praxis incident forced them to come to the peace tables, and are tired of having to rely on the Federation for support. The Ferengi have discovered a vast new resource that has propelled them towards instant riches and power beyond anything they have previously experienced.
Sounds very ambitious. Frankly, sounds like Star Trek done right, at least from the eyes of the more hardcore fan. Star Trek has always been about ideals, about grand ideas, about structure. And there's definitely been somewhat of a departure from that, with the last two major projects in the universe taking certain liberties with the canon.
In any case, Trek fans shouldn't get overly excited just yet. As ambitious and great as this sounds, it also sounds a long way away from actually making it to air, and in a day where Hollywood is more than satisfied putting movies very loosely based on board games on the big screen, I'm certain that it's tough, as a producer or studio head, to get behind an idea that has such a long run in mind and that will no doubt be expensive to produce.
Moreover, from a creative standpoint, it's an interesting idea. While the precedent of Trek shows running at the same time other franchises in the universe are on the big screen has been set, they've all taken part in the same universe. TOS has Stark Trek V and VI on screen while The Next Generation was going strong, and Picard's crew was gracing the screen in four movies while two other series ran on the air. But again, it all happened in the same time, in the same universe. Needless to say, going forward with a new film franchise that takes place in a parallel universe, while asking viewers to buy into another Star Trek show taking place in a different universe might be a little confusing to the casual viewer, and as dedicated as the Trekkers are, you still need the casual viewers.
It's hard to really get a grasp of what this potential new series would be about, even from the details mentioned by Foster himself. It seems as if he's trying to go too deep into the established canon of Star Trek, all the way back to Gene Rodenberry's vision, which is fine in and of itself, but if not modernized, it could very well fail to garner much attention to those who aren't well versed in Star Trek lore, and that's something that he'd need to overcome, and possibly even be open to changing.
But with the Abrams franchise going strong, the market is definitely open for more Star Trek. Lord knows it's been long enough that we've gone without it. The problem is, this isn't the first time a Star Trek series has been pitched since Enterprise. Bryan Singer's Star Trek: Federation never really got off the ground, but that was a long time ago, and likely even more ambitious than what's described above.
All that said, don't get your hopes up just yet, because the obstacles are definitely standing tall in front of Foster and this new project, but we'll definitely be keeping our eyes open.