At the Strange New Worlds premiere event, TrekMovie had an exclusive chat with co-creator Alex Kurtzman. The focus of our brief conversation was on what comes next in the growing Star Trek Universe, where he revealed there is more coming—and not just TV shows.
Looking forward at the big picture, with Picard officially wrapping up, when should we expect an announcement for what show is coming next?
I can’t tell you exactly when. But I can tell you that there are several things that are in the pipeline right now. And it’s exciting. It’s really exciting!… I don’t want to rush them. I think it’s very important that each show has its own unique identity and has a reason to be told. It’s weird because we’ve been putting them out so frequently. But I think we’ve been as discerning as we can be, in thinking about what makes each show unique. Why is Picard different than Discovery? Why is Strange New Worlds different than Picard? Why is Lower Decks… and so on
And I think a lot of it has to do with each creator’s interpretation of the vision of Star Trek. And when I hear or feel a unique interpretation coming on, that’s when all the nerve endings in my body go, ‘Yes, yes, we have to do that!’ So that’s what we are waiting for. But there’s a couple of things that are in development right now that I’m really excited about.
Is Paramount Plus still committed to having three live-action television series?
I think Paramount Plus is committed to having as many shows as make sense. I don’t think they put a number to it. They haven’t said, “Let’s do three” or “Let’s do ten.” They’ve just said, “Let’s do great shows.” So as many as we can give them that they’re excited about, I think that’s what we’ll get away with.
We’ve been hearing about Starfleet Academy and Section 31, so you are working on more shows than that?
There are some things that are in conversation. And not just in the medium of television. There are other kinds of storytelling that are now being discussed. But yeah, those two are the ones that we are focusing on right now.
And when you say other things…
Games, podcasts, things like that. You might hear some interesting announcements coming up soon.
Are there any conversations going on between you and [Paramount Pictures CEO] Brian Robbins in terms of connecting the movies and the TV shows?
There have not been of late, no.
More NYC SNW interviews to come
Stay tuned all week as we share more gold carpet interviews from the New York premiere of Strange New Worlds with the cast and creatives. Check out our earlier interview with Strange New Worlds co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds debuts on Thursday, May 5 exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Latin America, Australia and the Nordics. The series will air on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and stream on Crave in Canada. In New Zealand, it will be available on TVNZ, and in India on Voot Select. Strange New Worlds will arrive via Paramount+ in select countries in Europe when the service launches later this year, starting with the UK this summer.
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