Yet even more on Star Trek from Mr. Orci’s press tour for Transformers. In the second part of the IESB interview with Orci there is one Trek question related to the future of the franchise and if it will ‘re-establish’ the universe. Orci replied:
Absolutely, it’s gotta bring in a whole new generation, it’s gotta bring in people who don’t know Trek so it absolutely trying to re-establish what this universe should be…
Regarding TV Orci dived into the whole CBS/Paramount thing.
…In terms of TV versus feature, there is a whole weird thing I am sure you can find out about, Paramount owns features and CBS owns the TV and like they have to be separate because maybe CBS was trying to compete to do a show that was going to get in the way of a movie. There’s all kinds of weird business politics that I am not entirely privy to yet. Our responsibility is to make a good movie and to hope that the success opens other doors, but it’s not our intention to go, let’s take this character and make this show out of him. You can’t think in those terms, you start getting in your own way and counting your chickens before they hatch. Make a good movie and then the rest of it will take care of itself.
In case you missed it in the other article, the subject of TV came up with his talk with SciFi Wire. Orci said of a new TV show
I’m sure CBS is thinking about that,…that’s not [something] we’re thinking about. We’re just thinking about the movie. Certainly, I don’t know how they could not think about that.
Some websites have jumped the gun and taken these comments to mean there is a new show in the works, but TrekMovie.com can find no evidence of that. It appears that CBS will do nothing until after the movie. I believe that if Abrams and his team can bring Trek back like Meyer and Bennett did in the 80s then CBS Paramount TV are likely to do what they did back then and create a new show with no relation to the film franchise (TNG). They will also keep a close eye on Lucas’ new Star Wars live action TV show which premieres (possibly) in 2009.