The third season of Star Trek: Discovery kicks off tomorrow, with the final episode dropping in January 2021. Even though the CBS is planning more upcoming shows and seasons from the Star Trek Universe on TV, the global COVID pandemic has put shooting live-action on hold starting last March. In a new interview, the man in charge of that TV universe talks about his next steps to keep the Star Trek content flowing.
Getting ready to start shooting Trek TV again
The new issue of SFX Magazine has a comprehensive cover-story about the third season of Star Trek: Discovery, including interviews with the cast, director Jonathan Frakes, and executive producer/co-showrunner Alex Kurtzman. When it came to Discovery Kurtzman didn’t drop any major spoilers but did hint at the main adversary for season three, saying in the 32nd century “people who used to be allies are now enemies and vice versa.” The only specific group that got a mention was the Borg, only to confirm they will not be playing a part.
Kurtzman also talked about where things stand when it comes to returning to production for live-action Star Trek shows:
“Things are just starting to shoot again. We would have been in production already on Picard, but we couldn’t be because of COVID. It’s pushed our Discovery and Strange New Worlds dates just a little bit, but I think we’re actually planning on staying on track for those. By the time they shoot, we will have innovated with a couple [non-Star Trek] shows, and we will know where we are. And we will be a little bit more down with a process.”
This is yet another mention by Kurtzman of Discovery returning to production for a fourth season, even though as of now CBS has yet to officially announce season four, likely waiting until after the third season debuts. All indications are that over the upcoming months, CBS and Secret Hideout will have three Star Trek shows in production, two in Canada (Discovery season four and Strange New Worlds season one) and one in Southern California (Picard season two). It’s possible that one of them could be ready to debut in 2021, but certainly not in time for the relaunch of CBS All Access as Paramount+ coming early in the year.
Kurtzman also talked about how Strange New Worlds has actually benefited from the pandemic shut down:
“The silver linings are that Akiva [Goldsman] and Henry [Alonso Myers] are ready to show up and able to really get ahead with scripts. By the time we go back into production, we will have a lot of scripts ready to go, which is not usually how it is for us. We’re always running ahead of the freight train that is production and trying not to get flattened, but this time we actually have some advance warning with a lot of prep time.”
Kurtzman wants Star Trek TV and movies unified
Even though Alex Kurtzman is in charge of the Star Trek Universe for CBS, that is still limited to the TV shows. ViacomCBS reunified in early 2020, bringing CBS and Paramount Pictures under the same corporate umbrella, however, it appears the film side is still working separately. Kurtzman, who co-wrote the two first Kelvin-universe films for Paramount, told SFX he has hopes both sides will come together:
“I have no involvement in [Star Trek films] right now. I don’t know where that’s going. Frankly, I have my hands very full. Having done two of those ﬁlms, I loved them so much, and I really would love to see continuity and uniﬁcation between the features and the TV side, because I think it’s what’s good for Star Trek, and that can be done any number of ways.”
More from Kurtzman, Frakes and the cast of Star Trek: Discovery in the new issue of SFX Magazine, available now.
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