Several New Star Trek TV Shows in Development, Patrick Stewart May Return as Capt. Picard

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Last week it was announced that Star Trek Discovery showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts would not be returning for the show’s second season and that they would be replaced by series co-creator, executive producer and long-time J.J. Abrams collaborator Alex Kurtzman. Although Kurtzman’s work as a writer and director has been questionable at best (he most recently directed Universal’s 2017 reboot of The Mummy), in this case the shake-up wasn’t due to creative differences but rather due to allegations of abusive behaviour from the previous duo. Either way, it appears that Kurtzman is once again settling in for the long haul as he has signed a new deal with CBS and is developing even more Star Trek properties for the small screen including a possible Jean-Luc Picard series. Hit the jump for more info.

According to Variety, Alex Kurtzman has signed a five-year extension with CBS Television Studios, the studio behind Star Trek Discovery and several other shows that he produces including Hawaii Five-O, Scorpion and Instinct. The deal is supposedly worth $5 million per year with Kurtzman also earning a significant amount on the back end as well. In return, Kurtzman will be generating more Star Trek shows such as “new series, mini-series and other content opportunities, including animation.” Some of the projects in development include:

  • A series set at Starfleet Academy from creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, Runaways).
  • A limited series whose plot details are being kept under wraps.
  • A limited series based around the “Wrath of Khan” story.
  • An animated series whose plot details are being kept under wraps.

      However, THR is reporting that one of the rumoured new shows features Patrick Stewart reprising his role from Star Trek: The Next Generation as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard. Details are slim, but Alex Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman are said to be attached to a new “reboot” that would be led by Stewart. Negotiations are said to be underway and no deal is currently in place, although Stewart has recently expressed interest in returning to Star Trek (particularly for Tarantino’s feature film project). Are you excited to see more Star Trek on the small screen in the near future?

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  • 1138sw

    Uggggh can’t stand Kurtzman! The hack!!! The guy has as much talent as a turnip.

  • Lior

    Oh god, this starts to feel completely manufactured and cynical. Discovery’s first season was mediocre at best, and made me feel we’re all better off just re-watching old Trek (or The Orville, a show actually borne out of love for Trek as opposed to greed). It doesn’t look like anything done in the current climate of cash-grab politically correct reboots and spin-offs will lead anything interesting or worthwhile. We need a true visionary behind the wheel for that to happen.

  • Lori Cerny

    Fuck me, bringing back Stewart is awesome!

  • Henrik

    As a RedLetterMedia fan, you could probably not imagine a bigger troll than this. In this case, that is kind of how I feel. I would absolutely love new Picard, have been wanting it for 10 years, but this guy Kurtzman just feels awful. He managed to, at least help to, ruin Spider-Man! #RescuePicard

    Edit: Akiva Goldsman isn’t all bad though. I love A Time To Kill!