Earlier this month, CBS All Access revealed Star Trek: Discovery is undergoing a shake up in its second season with the removal of its showrunners. Screenwriter and executive producer Alex Kurtzman was named Discovery's new showrunner, and now Kurtzman will also be at the helm of additional Star Trek television projects.
Via The Wrap, Kurtzman has signed a development deal with CBS TV that will keep him under contract through 2023. Kurtzman's expanded duties will include new iterations of Star Trek, which may include new TV series, miniseries, and possibly even animated projects. Here's where things get really wild: The Hollywood Reporter (THR) adds that one of the new Star Trek series may be starring Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation and in four feature films.
This may be the Star Trek project Stewart was hinting at earlier this month. If so, it would mark the first official continuation of the TNG timeline since Star Trek: Nemesis. THR's report cautions Stewart's return is far from a done deal, and there is no contract currently in place. But Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman are on board to produce the new Stewart-led Star Trek series, if it comes to pass.
If one of the new series is a continuation of TNG, it could potentially open the door for other original cast members to return. But we suspect it would probably introduce a new cast of characters to explore the universe alongside some of the veteran players. Variety reports the series in development potentially include a new series set at Starfleet Academy, a limited series with an unknown focus, a limited series centered on the story from Wrath of Khan, and an animated series.
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