Confirmed! Trekkies and Trekkers rejoice - Star Trek is returning to TV!
Update - CBS have sent out a press release confirming the project and the expected January 2017 debut on CBS All Access.
"The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966." - CBS
The new series will not be connected to the big-screen films currently in production.
The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that Alex Kurtzman is to develop a new Star Trek TV series for CBS. While details are thin on the ground, it is expected that an announcement will be made this month.
This makes a lot of sense given the popularity of the franchise is at a high following the successful film reboots helmed by J.J. Abrams. The third rebooted Star Trek film is expected in cinemas in 2016, directed by Justin Lin.
Star Trek has had five long-running TV series since it first appeared in 1966 - the original series staring William Shatner and the late Leonard Nimoy was created by Gene Roddenberry who then went on to create Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987. This was followed by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and the prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise. There have been twelve films released to date.
That had been rumours that Netflix was approached to develop a series, but this doesn't appear to be related to the current rumours.
2016 is the 50th Anniversary of the franchise so a new TV series does make a lot of sense.