Star Trek fans take note: A new series is reportedly in the works.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, producer Alex Kurtzman is “developing a new take on the beloved sci-fi classic for TV.” They are expecting a more formal announcement later this a.m.
Kurtzman, who also produces the film’s franchise revival, is still looking for a writer to take on the series and there is no network attached to the deal yet, though THR states that they are talking about it airing on cable or a streaming service.
The goal is to have it ready by next fall, the 50th anniversary of the original series, which debuted in September 1966.
If the deal goes through, this version will follow up The Next Generation (1987-1994), Deep Space Nine (1993-99), Voyager (1995-2001) and Enterprise (2001-05).
Can you imagine Star Trek rebooted via Netflix, Hulu or Amazon? To take a page from Spock and the logical longview, Star Trek via a streaming service makes perfect sense.
Update: In this news release, CBS Television Studios officially announced that the TV series is coming January 2017, not fall 2016 as previously rumored. The studio also announced that the first episode and all first-run episodes will be exclusively on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription VOD and streaming service.
Kurtzman will be executive producer with Heather Kadin for the new series. And, as the announcement also notes, “CBS All Access already offers every episode of all previous Star Trek television series,” so you can binge-watch the classics to gear up for the new series.