Star Wars may have always been the real hot ticket item in terms of big-screen space stories, but those who have preferred the more contemplative nature of Star Trek may soon have more of the series headed their way than they know what to do with.
THR is reporting that Kurtzman has just signed a $25 million deal with CBS that will be expanding the Star Trek TV franchise. Kurtzman only just officially took over as showrunner on Star Trek: Discovery, so clearly, the deal between him and CBS seems to be a fruitful one, otherwise, this expansion wouldn’t be happening. So what does this deal entail?
It is reported to be a five-year expansion, wherein Kurtzman will continue as showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery (previous showrunners, Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg, were fired), as well as begin developing new series, miniseries, and other content for the CBS Television Studios, and this could include animation.
One such project that is getting some buzz is a rumored Star Trek: The Next Generation reboot. And what’s more, that reboot will supposedly bring back Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, who would lead said reboot. Sadly, there was no confirmation from CBS on this, and given how early on things are, there’s never any guarantee.
“There is a very short list of writer-producer-directors that every film and television studio wants to be associated with, and Alex and his Secret Hideout team are always at the top,” said David Stapf, CBS Television Studios president. “His talent, taste and ability to shepherd a successful project is unparalleled. Alex has done remarkable work for our studio, dating back seven years to the launch of Hawaii Five-0, and we are thrilled that he, Heather [Kadin] and their team will be partnering with us for a long time to come.”
“Heather, Aaron and I are thrilled to continue Secret Hideout’s amazing partnership with CBS Television Studios,” Kurtzman said in a statement. “Since our first collaboration with Hawaii Five-0 almost a decade ago, Les [Moonves], David and the full team at CBS Studios have been our foremost collaborators and champions, treating each project with integrity, supporting the creative visions and working breathlessly to make each episode of every show the best it can be. CBS has also allowed us the great pleasure of reintroducing the world of Star Trek audiences new and old, and we are very excited to keep working alongside them to expand that world.”
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