Late last year CBS quietly announced a new iteration of Star Trek coming to their exclusively online All Access streaming service in 2017. In a press release David Stapf, CBS Television Studios President said, “There is no better time to give Star Trek fans a new series than on the heels of the original show’s 50th anniversary celebration. Everyone here has great respect for this storied franchise, and we’re excited to launch its next television chapter in the creative mind and skilled hands of Alex Kurtzman, someone who knows this world and its audience intimately.”
Kurtzman is one of the most prolific producers in the industry; his TV series currently airing include Sleepy Hollow, Hawaii Five-O, Limitless, and Scorpion. He also wrote the scripts for both new Star Trek films, and hits like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Mission Impossible 3.
The new series will not be related to the upcoming Star Trek Beyond film and Kurtzman has no attachment to the movie, though his former producing partner Roberto Orci is listed as a producer.
CBS and Kurtzman have tapped Bryan Fuller as showrunner. Fuller most recently wrote for NBC’s Hannibal and the upcoming pilot for the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. What has fans most excited though is his background with and enthusiasm for Star Trek; he was a writer on Star Trek: Voyager and Deep Space Nine.
On his IMDb profile Fuller is described as a “Self-professed Star Trek geek who watched and loved the Trek series Deep Space Nine and set out to write for them.” After submitting a spec script to the series he worked his way into the writer’s room and launched his career.
iO9 quoted Fuller from a statement about the new Star Trek series:
My very first experience of Star Trek is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire. It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand-new iteration of Star Trek with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before.
He has pitched ideas for continuations of the Trek story for several years, including ideas for placing the Next Generation in J.J. Abrams new Trek world, and a series following the U.S.S. Reliant, with Angela Bassett and Rosario Dawson leading the crew.
According to CBS the upcoming series will debut in 2017 and introduce new characters going boldly forward while exploring current, relevant themes, as the series always has. It will be offered exclusively via the All Access platform, which they describe as offering “more than 7,500 episodes from the current television season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand nationwide, as well as the ability to stream local CBS stations live in more than 110 markets. Subscribers can use the service online and across devices via CBS.com, the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, as well as on connected devices such as Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku players and Roku TV, with more connected devices to come.”