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CBS to develop new Star Trek TV show?


The internet has been abuzz with rumours this weekend over the revival of a new Star Trek TV show, with Latino Review claiming CBS is looking to bring Star Trek back to TV and they want Bryan Singer to executive produce it.

With the 50th anniversary approaching, now is the perfect time to bring Star Trek back to its small screen roots alongside the new Star Trek 3 (or 13), which star / writer Simon Pegg has confirmed will be capturing the essence of the original 60's TV show - something that was certainly missing from Star Trek Into Darkness.

Bryan Singer pitched a Star Trek TV show to CBS / Paramount a few years ago, shortly before the 2009 prequel / sequel / reboot film by JJ Abrams. Working with producer Robert Burnett, director Christopher McQuarrie and writer Geoffrey Thorne, Singer's premise for a Star Trek TV show would have been set several centuries after the Next Generation era.

Star Trek Federation would have seen the Federation outdated, complacent and ultimately vulnerable to an attack by an alien race called the Scourge. That attack would cause the Federation to crumble – Vulan, Bajor and Betazed would abandon it – leaving just twenty worlds under its control. Out of this a new USS Enterprise would be launched, with the third-in-command, Commander Alexander Kirk, taking control when its captain and first officer were killed. Its mission would be to return to the original ideals of the Federation – to boldly explore where no-one had gone before.

It was an intriguing premise with some interesting ideas – Klingons and Cardassians would be spiritual races and the Ferengi would the dominant power in the galaxy. It was also a way to make Star Trek fresh again by doing away with the mighty Federation and returning to the franchise’s roots. Ultimately, this premise never went into development due to Paramount’s decision to do a soft reboot of Star Trek with J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film.

Interestingly Burnett, McQuarrie and Thorne are also rumoured to be involved in this new show, but given the direction the new films have gone, it is unlikely that CBS would go back to the old Next Generation era for inspiration.

Just as intriguing is the fact that Singer is also a fan of the recent, excellent Star Trek fan film Prelude to Axanar. This may be used as inspiration for a new show. The whole short film can be found here.

It is all at the rumour stages at the moment, but given the renewed interest in Star Trek at late, it is likely to be the start of something big coming our way. More news as we have it.

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Debuting in 1966, Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek survived cancellation and returned with a series of films featuring Jame T Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise. It spawned four massively successes TV spin-offs and movies and ruled cult TV in the 1990s. After Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, it spawned a film prequel / reboot under the guise of JJ Abrams but returned to its TV roots in 2017 with Star Trek: Discovery...

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