Veteran Star Trek writer/producer Brannon Braga has just inked a lucrative deal with 20th Century Fox. Braga, who is currently working for Fox on the show 24, is expected to develop new shows for Fox, possibly including a new sci-fi series. More details below.
Braga entrenched at FOX
For the last couple of years Brannon Braga has been working with his former Star Trek Enterprise writing buddy Manny Coto on the heavily serialized Fox show 24. And it appears that Fox has been happy with his work. Variety reports that Braga has "sealed a hefty seven-figure overall deal with the studio." The new deal calls for Braga to develop projects for the studio, including working on a a new or existing Fox show for next season.
According to Variety, Fox is interested in Braga’s sci-fi genre pedigree. Braga began his career in 1990 writing on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He went on to Voyager (where he eventually became show-runner) and then on to co-create Star Trek Enterprise. Along the way he also co-wrote two Star Trek feature films (Generations and First Contact). Braga has 107 total Star Trek writing credits, more than any other writer. Since his time with Trek, Braga co-created the genre series Threshold and FlashForward and has been working as a writer and producer for Fox’s 24.
20th Century Fox TV chairman Gary Newman says of Braga:
He’s known for his ability to write genre programming, and as a studio, we love that programming. It takes advantage of all the new opportunities the digital world gives you to connect with your rabid fanbase.
For his part Braga told Variety it was too soon to identify what kind of projects he is going to take on, but he did say he was interested in trying something new after two highly serialized TV shows (Threshold and 24).
The New Fox-Trek connection?
It seems that Fox has an affinity for writers and producers associated with Star Trek. Last year Fox picked up Ron Moore’s pilot Virtuality (which ran over the summer, but was not picked up as a series). Moore (who has the second most Trek writing credits behind Braga) is also currently writing the sequel to I, Robot for Fox. Just last month Fox inked a deal with Star Trek’s new writing overlords, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The Fox Network also airs the Abrams/Orci/Kurtzman genre show Fringe (which is produced by Warner Bros. TV). And the recently announced rebirth of the Gene Roddenberry series Questor (at Imagine TV) is being pitched to Fox.
Of course if there is ever going to be a new Star Trek TV series it would have to be produced by CBS Studios (who own all the rights to Trek on TV). But if CBS doesn’t think a new Trek show would fit on CBS or the CW, maybe Fox would be interested.