A new “Star Trek” series that would “return [the iconic sci-fi brand] to its original series roots” is in the early stages of development, one of the “Star Trek” Web sites – TrekWeb.com — is reporting.
Producer David Foster – whose production company is called 1947 Entertainment — tells the site that he’s been working on a new “Star Trek” series for several years, but has not made an official pitch to any network.
In the interview with TrekWeb, the producer revealed a deep knowledge of all the “Star Trek” spinoff series and movies. And while he’s a fan of all of them, he wants his new version to reflect creator “Gene Roddenberry’s positive view of the future.”
He went on to provide a number of details (except for the series title, which he did not divulge). “The series is set in the post-‘Voyager’ era,” he said, “and is designed to return ‘Star Trek’ to its original series roots in big and mighty ways, without disregarding the other series and movies. As [the 2009 movie “Star Trek,” directed by J.J. Abrams] was an alternate timeline, [the series] will not conflict with [it]. The co-creators [of the new series] are avid believers in Gene Roddenberry’s positive view of the future and intend to bring ‘Star Trek’ back to its origins while moving forward with the timeline, integrating the best aspects of each of the previous series.
“The series is highly energized with a much younger cast,” he continued, “and uses cutting-edge future technologies with newly envisioned special effects and designs. It includes Klingons, Ferengi, Andorians, Vulcans, Trill, and many more. The Klingons are getting very restless since the Praxis incident forced them to come to the peace tables, and are tired of having to rely on the Federation for support. The Ferengi have discovered a vast new resource that has propelled them towards instant riches and power beyond anything they have previously experienced.”
The producer says he he’s produced an outline of the concept that is so detailed that it could run for 5-7 seasons. However, with no network stepping forward yet to pick it up, there’s no way of determining if this new “Star Trek” will ever live long and prosper.
Meanwhile, Abrams discloses in another story posted on TrekWeb that he’s hard at work developing a sequel to his 2009 movie. And he said he’d be “open to the idea” of working on a new “Star Trek” TV series.