Star Trek: Discovery‘s executive producer has been hired to expand the Star Trek franchise into new shows for CBS – including a possible new animated series and one that involves a favorite captain.
Alex Kurtzman has been the executive producer on Discovery since its inception. He has signed 5 year deal with CBS to create more shows within the universe. Variety is reporting that these are all potential projects:
- A series set at Starfleet Academy from creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz. The duo currently serves as co-showrunners on the Hulu-Marvel series “Runaways” and are best known for creating shows like “Gossip Girl” and the CW’s reboot of Dynasty.
- A limited series whose plot details are being kept under wraps.
- A limited series based around the “Wrath of Khan” story. Khan’s full name is Khan Noonien Singh. He was famously portrayed by Ricardo Montalbán in both the original series episode “Space Seed” and again in the film “Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan.” Benedict Cumberbatch then played the character in the 2013 film “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
- An animated series whose plot details are being kept under wraps.
The other bit of news is that there may be a fifth project in the works. According to the Hollywood Reporter a Star Trek: The Next Generation sequel that includes bringing Captain Jean-Luc Picard back to the small screen. That means Sir Patrick Stewart may be returning to the franchise after a very long absence.
At this point, all but the deal with Kurtzman is here say and rumor. We will have to see how all of this pans out in the coming months. While we wait, production of the second season of Discovery is underway and due to premiere on CBS All Access April of next year.