Earlier this week TrekMovie published an interview with writer/director Nicholas Meyer to mark the 35th anniversary of his film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Even though Nicholas Meyer has been tapped as a consulting producer and writer for the upcoming CBS All Access Show Star Trek: Discovery, the plan was to focus on Wrath of Khan in deference to the anniversary and because there is a general code of silence surrounding Discovery. But when Meyer noted how he generally “didn’t give any thought” to the first Trek film or the original Star Trek series when working on Wrath of Khan, it prompted the following quick diversion into Discovery.
TrekMovie: Obviously there is much much more Star Trek piled up on the shelf now that is harder to ignore. With Wrath of Khan there really wasn’t a lot. Now there may even be too much to deal with.
Meyer: I think that is fair. What I can say is that when Bryan Fuller invented Star Trek: Discovery and conceived it, he found a niche in the chronology that allows for another stream.
TrekMovie: But it still fits as part of that chronology, but you feel there is freedom in that niche?
Hints at another Star Trek project
While Meyer did open up a bit to reveal the above, he also noted that he couldn’t really talk about Discovery, joking he “signed the Official Secrets Act.” However, and entirely unprompted, Meyer dropped a bit of a bombshell…
Meyer: One thing that has nothing to do with Discovery is that I am working on another Star Trek project, but I can’t discuss that either.
After pressing him, Meyer assured he could “absolutely!” reveal on the record he was working on this non-Discovery Star Trek project, and that it was something he was working on currently.
The only other known major Star Trek project that comes to mind would be a feature film. But Meyer wasn’t budging when asked to confirm this assumption…
TrekMovie: Are we talking more feature film because as far as I know, there is only one television project, I assume.
Meyer: You can assume.
In addition to writing and directing Star Trek II Meyer also worked on the scripts for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered country, which he also directed. That 1991 movie was his last feature as a director and he has primarily remained active as a writer in both television and film since, including writing for Star Trek: Discovery.
Since it was first announced last summer things have been generally quiet with regards to news of the next Star Trek feature film. Even though Star Trek Beyond didn’t meet expectations it was still the best performing film for Paramount for 2016. As recently as March the chairman of Paramount’s parent company was talking about how Viacom sees Star Trek as one of the key franchises for the Paramount’s future tentpole releases. However recent comments from the actors like Zachary Quinto reveal they are in the dark as to future plans, even prompting Chris Pine to lament he needs to know what is up so he can make plans.
That original announcement from last July noted that J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay would write the screenplay for the next Star Trek feature, although a tweet from last December from Simon Pegg hinted that he and his Star Trek Beyond co-writer Doug Jung may be returning as writers.
It is of course possible Meyer is talking about some other Star Trek project that has nothing to do with another entry in the Star Trek film or television franchise. It could be anything: a documentary, a book, comic book, game, attraction, event or even merchandise.
On Stella the Star Trek Dog
That is all Meyer could really say about Discovery or his other Star Trek project but he did open up a little bit about a certain dog.
TrekMovie: Can you talk about your dog and why she tweets so much?
Meyer: About Stella? She has written all the best episodes. Some consider her dogmatic, but I am not among them.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.