Of course much of the talk here focuses on the new Star Trek movies, but we here at TrekMovie never forget that Trek was born (and can be argued, was at its best) on television. Over the last few years many have talked about a desire to bring Trek back to TV, and now its being reported that two of these Hollywood hotshots (both named Bryan) are thinking of teaming up.
Report: Fuller and Singer considering teaming up for new Star Trek series (but don’t expect anything soon)
TrekMovie has previously reported that both Bryan Singer (director of X-Men, Valkyrie, producer for House) and Bryan Fuller (writer for Star Trek Voyager, creator of Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me) have both (separately) shown interest in bringing Star Trek back to the small screen. As it happens the two fans of Star Trek are working together on a reboot of The Munsters (now titled Mockingbird Lane) for NBC.
And now AICN is reporting that the two have "discussed the possibility of pooling their resources to take a new corner of Gene Roddenberry’s multiverse to the small screen."
It is interesting to learn that the two are now thinking about Star Trek together. That being said, it appears that there are currently no plans at CBS to bring Star Trek back to TV in the short term. Indications are that such a project would not even be considered until after the release of two Star Trek films from JJ Abrams, if not three.
Star Trek fan and director Bryan Singer’s cameo in "Star Trek: Nemesis" (2002
The previously reported approaches for the two regarding Star Trek have been very different. In 2005 and early 2006, Singer was involved in a plan to pitch CBS & Paramount on a new show set in the year 3000 with a Federation in turmoil trying to return to the glory days (see TrekMovie exclusive details on "Star Trek Federation"). That plan was shelved before pitching to CBS once it was announced in 2006 that JJ Abrams would be making a new Star Trek feature. Also, in 2007 Singer told TrekMovie that his schedule really didn’t have room for a Star Trek TV show. Fuller has also spoken a few times about his desire to return to the world of Star Trek on TV. A couple of years back TrekMovie spoke to Bryan Fuller about his idea for a show, which he envisioned would be set in the new movie universe, but not on board the USS Enterprise.
There are a lot of challenges for bringing Star Trek back to television. Genre shows have always struggled on network TV. In addition, a space-based sci-fi series is a costly endeavor. This cost issue is what has kept LucasFilm from moving forward on plans for a live-action Star Wars TV series (recently revealed to be titled Star Wars: Underworld), although they hope to be able to make it work sometime this decade. And then there are the multiple parties involved, with CBS owning Star Trek on TV, but Paramount owning assets and rights related to the new Star Trek films (which would be needed if a series was set in that universe).
With such an expensive, complicated and potentially risky endeavor, it is certain that CBS would want some big name creative talents behind the show like Singer and Fuller, so that could only help to make it happen.
Bryan Fuller at Comic-Con – could be teaming up with Singer for Star Trek pitch
I want my Trek TV
I have often said that television is where Star Trek is at its best, and so I am hopeful this project grows into something. And there are others in Hollywood who would be interested in bringing Star Trek back to TV, including former Star Trek: Enterprise runner Manny Coto (currently working on Dexter). However, with the new movies going at Paramount, I know that Trek on TV will likely have to wait. One caveat to that, is an animated series. I think, like with Star Wars: The Clone Wars, such a show could be used to tie in with the new movies and tell stories between films (not unlike the new Star Trek ongoing comic books). Star Trek co-writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have talked about such a project, but there has been no real talks so far to make it happen.
TrekMovie will continue to monitor this and anything related to Star Trek returning to TV.
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