Will Riker may not have been a Canadian, but it looks like everyone involved with the new Star Trek show could be. Pop culture news site Pop Goes The News reported this week that the as yet unnamed series, which we’re calling Star Trek All Access, will start filming in Toronto in September.
One hopes that production begins on exactly September 8, the 50th anniversary of when the first Star Trek episode, The Man Trap, aired on TV.
While no cast members have been revealed, the new series will be helmed by from executive producer Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman, and Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Nicholas Meyer, director of Star Treks 2 and 6, will also have a major creative role.
Toronto itself is an enormously popular city to film in for a variety of reasons. As Wikipedia says in its article detailing the hundreds of productions shot there, “Due to the city of Toronto’s diverse architecture and its midwestern climate cityscape, many movies set in cities like Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C., packaged for the American market, are filmed in Toronto, only subtly acknowledged.”
Toronto is also no doubt cheaper than Southern California. Regrettably, Toronto lacks the popular Vasquez Rocks of northern LA.
Canada has produced some of Star Trek’s greatest contributors, including William Shatner (born in Montreal) and James Doohan (born in Vancouver). With production based in Ontario, Star Trek All Access could give rise to many more talents from the True North Strong and Free.
The show is expected to drop in early 2017. What are you more excited for: Star Trek Beyond or the news series? Be sure to vote in the poll on our website at the top of the page (right column).