With the expanding Star Trek Universe, there are actually two animated Trek series in development. At SDCC we learned a lot about Star Trek: Lower Decks, the adult animated comedy coming to CBS All Access. As for the untitled kid-focused Star Trek cartoon set to premiere on Nickelodeon, we don’t know much, but we now know who is writing it.
Nick Trek ‘toon creators introduce their staff
The untitled CG Star Trek cartoon targeted for younger audiences and set for Nickelodeon was announced in April, and is being developed by the Emmy-winning duo of Dan and Kevin Hageman, creators of the popular animated shows Trollhunters and Ninjago (and co-screenwriters of the upcoming movie Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark). Now the Hageman brothers introduced the writers’ room for the show on Twitter:
Every ship needs a crew. Welcome aboard!
We are proud to announce our very talented Writers’ Room for @Nickelodeon‘s untitled @StarTrek animated show: @TheJulieBenson @shawnabenson @DiandraWrites @QuandtumTheory @GoodAaron @Shoopeedoobydoo @nsjayaram @E_Mac777 @TheKeithSweet pic.twitter.com/LflgH34Oq2
— Dan & Kevin Hageman (@brothershageman) July 30, 2019
Writers share their excitement, already at work on the show
The team is a mix of seasoned vets of both animation and live-action, along with some younger writers and newcomers to Hollywood. Unsurprisingly, many on the team worked with the Hageman brothers on Trollhunters and other projects. Some on the team are Star Trek fans as well.
It wasn’t specified, but the likely showrunner for the new toon is animation veteran Aaron Waltke, who has worked as showrunner for the Hageman brothers on Trollhunters. Waltke took to Twitter after the announcement to share his first memory, watching Star Trek: The Next Generation with his father. He also expressed excitement to “explore strange new worlds” with the new show.
My first memory with my dad is sitting in a living room in Indiana, watching the pilot episode of “Star Trek: Next Generation” as it premiered live.
— Aaron Waltke (@GoodAaron) July 30, 2019
Chad Quant, another Trolhunters vet and former host of the Emmy-winning educational kids show The Friday Zone, shared how “stoked” he was to be on the show:
So unbelievably stoked to be part of this crew. It's been a blast to play in this quadrant of the Star Trek galaxy. https://t.co/7FFkjpmwCw
— Chad Quandt (@QuandtumTheory) July 30, 2019
Also jumping in to share their excitement about being part of the show are sisters and TV and DC Comics writers, Julie and Shawna Benson who are jumping over from live-action, recently working on The 100. The pair talked up how the writers’ room has already been hard at work.
Absolutely thrilled & honored to get a chance to write not only for animation but for STAR TREK! @shawnabenson and I can't wait for you guys to see what this amazing room has been dreaming up. @brothershageman are our fearless Captains – the universe couldn't be in better hands. https://t.co/RTvwcbPb75
— Julie Benson (@TheJulieBenson) July 30, 2019
— Shawna Benson (@shawnabenson) July 30, 2019
Other writers expressed giddiness to finally share how they have been given the opportunity to work on Star Trek.
Me on outside: Smile, play it cool.
Me on inside: oh my god oh my god oh my god I GET TO WORK ON STAR TREK oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god!! So grateful to be the Writers’ Assistant to a fantastic team led by the phenomenal @brothershageman https://t.co/eky3Zvdkvu
— Erin McNamara (@E_Mac777) July 30, 2019
So proud to be a part of this team and a writer in such a beloved universe I love you all https://t.co/kshLUeYOqa
— Lisa Shoop Boyd (@Shoopeedoobydoo) July 30, 2019
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