A few months back, we exclusively reported that there was new momentum over at CBS with regard to a new Star Trek TV series. At the time, the network was taking pitches and exploring options, but the story was that Trek was finally close to returning home. Star Trek began its storied relationship with pop culture on television back in 1966. Over the years, TV was always the primary medium for the property, with the eventual big screen chapters being secondary to what was happening on small screens.
That shifted in 2005. Last month marked 10 years since the last new episode of a Star Trek series aired on television, which happened when Enterprise wrapped up its run. In 2009, J.J. Abrams gave the series a cinematic reboot. Something that would come to light later on is that Abrams, who was primarily known as a "TV guy" prior to his blockbuster take on Star Trek, had hoped to develop a companion series to run alongside the new films. That never came to pass since, at the time, there were weird restrictions thanks to the fact that the film and tv rights for Star Trek were held by separate entities.
So talk of a new Trek TV show remained quiet until last March, when we reported that CBS was back on the hunt for a new take. At the time, we speculated that the new series could reconstitute elements from a prior pitch, put together by the likes of Bryan Singer, Robert Burnett, and Christopher McQuarrie. It now looks, though, like CBS isn't only looking for something completely fresh, but that they're even looking outside of the industry to find it.
According to Trekkie Michael Gummelt, he has officially been asked to come in and formally pitch a new TV series based on his own fan-creation Star Trek: Uncharted:
"I can now officially announce that I do, indeed, have an invitation to come pitch Star Trek Uncharted at Paramount this summer! As far as I know, this is the first time a fan (not an established industry insider) has been invited to pitch a Star Trek TV series. This is, obviously, extremely exciting and I’m doing my best to get support for it from industry professionals. One of my concept cast members has read the script and expressed interest in supporting it, which is fantastic!"
Gummelt revealed this on his website, which is loaded with information and insights on his take, so definitely go there for more intel on what we could expect if CBS approves his pitch and decides to move forward with it. The Trekkie thinks this all got started because his fan-fiction was originally titled Star Trek Beyond. Why would that bring the industry to his doorstep? Well, Paramount was apparently considering that title for the third entry in the rebooted film franchise.
"I think when the rumors of the naming coincidence came out, Paramount saw my website and the passion I had for Star Trek and the idea of it returning to TV, and for my specific concept. I think they felt I would gladly jump at an opportunity to come in and pitch it… which, of course, I did! I’m not under any illusions about my chances (and I realize CBS has the rights to produce any new Star Trek TV series), but it’s a chance of a lifetime and I have nothing to lose. I have a great job and a great life, so why not take the chance?”
Gummelt has been working on his story for 20 years, so there's no telling how many stories he's ready to share should this all come to see the light of day. Regardless, congratulations to him, and if you want to know more about the specifics of his story and vision you can go straight to Star Trek Uncharted for a taste.
Just as we did when we broke the story of CBS's renewed efforts to bring Star Trek back to your television, we will continue to keep you posted as things evolve.