Star Trek EP Says He’s Mapped Out The Franchise’s Next 5 To 10 Years
While the past few years have been rather rough for Star Trekfans, things are on the up and up for Gene Roddenberry’s visionary franchise. After the fourth film was unceremoniously canceled – due to Beyond‘s poor box office performance – attention slowly shifted to the series’ future on the small screen.
Earlier this year, rumors began circulating that Michelle Yeoh might be getting her own spinoff– where she would reprise her roles as Captain Georgiou – and just last week, production officially began on a Picard series, led by legendary actor Patrick Stewart. Having originally made its debut over 50 years ago, it’s safe to say that Star Trek is one of the longest-running (and most successful) franchises of all time, and it looks like it has no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
As recently reported by ComicBook.com, series EP Alex Kurtzman revealed that he has plenty in store for Trekkies. While he might best be known for his working alongside J.J. Abrams, Kurtzman took on the role of series executive producer back in 2017, starting with Star Trek: Discovery (which he co-created), and moving on to the newly-announced Picard show.
Speaking on an episode of Deadline’s Crew Call podcast, he revealed that he recently presented CBS with a 5 to 10-year plan for the franchise, in an attempt to bring aboard an entirely new generation of fans, similar to what Star Wars did in its sequel trilogy.
Alex even explained his plans to target a younger audience; something that Star Trek has largely avoided doing over the past 50 or so years.
With the recent announcement of an animated Star Trek show coming to Nickelodeon, we’re curious to see how the franchise will try to bring in a younger audience. Similarly, this new-found direction seemingly at odds with Quentin Tarantino’s vision for an R-rated film, we’ll have to start taking bets as to whether or not his passion project ever sees the light of day.