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?