TrekMovie is back to our regular programming and we start off with an update from Trek’s head honcho himself JJ Abrams who has a brief update on the Star Trek sequel (it’s close) and even possible Trek on TV (he’s open to it). Find out more below.
Abrams: Very close to talking concretely about Star Trek sequel + open to Trek TV
Speaking to NBC, Star Trek sequel producer (and possible director) JJ Abrams gave a brief update on progress:
I’m excited. We’re working hard. We’re very close and I hope to have something to talk about concretely soon. I do feel like if ‘Trek’ happens as we hope that it will, it will be a fun return to that group of people, because it’s an amazing group.
Abrams also talked about the idea of being involved in a possible Star Trek TV series saying:
"I don’t know,” he muses, appearing to give the notion thought for the very first time. “It’s never really come up, frankly, but depending on what that would sort of be and how it would be done I’d be open to the idea of it. Right now we’re just sort of focusing on making a movie that’s worth people’s time."
For now JJ Abrams Bad Robot productions is contracted with Warner Brothers to develop TV series (including the upcoming Persons of Interest on CBS and Alcatraz on FOX) so it is unclear if he would be able to also work with CBS to develop any possible Trek on TV. In the past other members of Trek’s "supreme court" have talked about Trek as well. Damon Lindelof recently said he wouldn’t be interested because while he enjoys working in pre-developed franchises for film (like Star Trek and Alien), he is only interested in doing original work for television. However, the writing/producing team of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (who have a TV development deal with FOX) have told TrekMovie they would be interested in creating and executive producing a possible Star Trek live-action TV series, however they wouldn’t be interested in being show-runners on a day to day basis. And of course Orci and Kurtzman have already started to look into the possibility of doing a Star Trek animated series set in the new movie universe (although that is only in the earliest of discussions at this point).
New Star Trek TV show?
There have been some reports in the media about a possible new Star Trek TV series in development. TrekMovie will have an update on this proposed project, but bear in mind that there are no reports of discussions about such a project at CBS, who are the ultimate deciders on when (or if) Star Trek returns to TV. TrekMovie will have more on this in a future update so stay tuned.