Star Trek could rival Marvel as it moves into huge new era
Star Trekcould be about to rival Marvel, thanks to the merger of CBS and Viacom which comes just months after the massive Disney-Fox deal.
The coming-together of CBS and Viacom means that the Star Trek television and movie rights are now owned by the same company for the first time since the end of Star Trek: Enterprise in 2005.
Since then, Paramount Pictures (owned by Viacom) has had the franchise film rights as well as the rights for future movies, while CBS has had the television rights, future TV rights and licensing rights.
The first Star Trek movie to be made independently of a television series was JJ Abrams' 2009 reboot starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. The actors featured were the first not to have portrayed their roles on television as well.
CBS brought Star Trek back to television in 2017 with Star Trek: Discovery, starringSonequa Martin-Green, Anthony Rapp and Jason Isaacs.
The success of the show has led to web series Star Trek: Short Treks and its upcoming spin-off Star Trek: Picard, as well as the in-development Star Trek: Section 31, a direct Discovery spin-off.
But thanks to the merger, there now could be continuity between the television shows and the films again, just like in the franchise's golden era.
And who knows, Quentin Tarantino could even be involved.
Star Trek: Discovery airs on CBS All Access in the US and Netflix internationally, including the UK.Star Trek: Picard will air onCBS All Access in the US and Amazon Prime Video internationally, including the UK.