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Report: A Next Generation Sequel Could Be Included in Alex Kurtzman's Expansive New Star Trek Deal

Shall I compare this news to a summer’s day?
Shall I compare this news to a summer’s day?
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In the wake of shocking allegations against Star Trek: Discovery’s showrunners, producer Alex Kurtzman recently took over the role of showrunning the latest Trek series’ sophomore season. But according to multiple reports today, he’s just signed a new deal with CBS that could usher in multiple new Star Trek shows. Hold on to your butts...

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Variety reports that Kurtzman has inked a $25 million deal with CBS as part of a five-year plan to bring more Trek shows to TV in the wake of Discovery’s success. According to the site, five series are currently in early development:

  • A teen-oriented series set at Starfleet Academy from Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, the duo behind the recent Dynasty reboot and Marvel’s Runaways adaptation.
  • A limited series with a currently confidential plot.
  • A limited series based around the beloved character Khan, from the original Star Trek and the classic film The Wrath of Khan—something that’s been rumored for a while as being spearheaded by Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer.
  • An animated series with another currently confidential plot.

However, The Hollywood Reporter might have details on at least one of those mysterious limited series. The trade reports that one show in Kurtzman’s new deal could bring back one of Trek’s most beloved characters: Sir Patrick Stewart’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard. According to THR, both Kurtzman and producer Akiva Goldsman (who departed Discovery after its first season) are attached to the series, which would be lead by Stewart reprising his role as Picard.

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Although a new post on the official Star Trek website has confirmed that a new deal has been signed for Kurtzman to “extend the Star Trek franchise for television, developing new series, mini-series and other content opportunities, including animation,” it doesn’t mention any of the above details about what those series may entail. We’ve reached out to CBS for a comment regarding the rumors surrounding Kurtzman’s new deal—we’ll update this post if we hear more.

James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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DISCUSSION

Obviously, Stewart returning to the role would be amazing, but who beside him do we want to see? It would be too easy to name all the TNG co-stars, so here’s my pitch. Picard is admiral now...overseeing not just one ship, but several across the quadrant. He’s mostly out of action at Starfleet, but suffers a personal crisis when one of the ships under his command goes missing. Too old and too important, he’s unable to secure a ship and discover what happened for himself...until an old friend — Q — shows up and offers him the chance to return to the cosmos once again. For this story goes beyond a single missing ship...it’s the start of a potential catastrophe that can wipe away the universe as we know it. Your move Kurtzman. Reply to my comment to set up a meeting.