Star Trek Animated Series Coming to Nickelodeon
We're headed towards Peak Trek II: The Wrath of Khantent. Sorry. Very sorry. I won't ever say that again.
Anyway, with all of the Star Trek projects in development at the moment, whether it's the future of Star Trek: Discovery, the Captain Picard spinoff series, the Michelle Yeoh-focused spinoff about whatever shady dealings her character from Discovery will be getting up to with Section 31, or the Star Trek: Lower Decks animated series, there's about to be more Star Trek than at any point since the late 1990s, when we had three simultaneous Trek series and the occasional threat of a movie.
Well, if that's not enough hot Federation action for you, Paramount is looking to expand beyond that, working with Nickelodeon to put another Star Trek animated series into production. While the majority of current Trek programming is headed to CBS All Access, this one will air on Nickelodeon. The as-of-yet untitled series will be more kid-friendly than Lower Decks, and was just greenlit by Nickelodeon and CBS.
Kevin and Dan Hageman are the creators behind this new Star Trek animated series, the duo who have Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu and Trollhunters to their credit (and Trollhunters is really great), and who also did some work on Hotel Transylvania and The Lego Movie.
The new Star Trek original CG-animated series will debut exclusively on Nickelodeon and will feature "a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation," according to the official press release.
“‘Star Trek’s’ mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future,” said Alex Kurtzman, who is acting as an executive producer (one of many) on the project. “Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honors its exploratory spirit in a way that’s never been done before, while the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing ‘Trek’ to a younger generation around the world.”
Nickelodeon has quite a track record with adventure animated series over the last decade, having brought us the beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender and its equally beloved sequel, The Legend of Korra, not to mention the two most recent iterations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It will be interesting to see if the network is looking for something that adopts a more modern style, or if they would attempt the kind of epic scope of Avatar and Korra.
As soon as we have more information on all this, we'll update this. Until then, live long and prosper...