The saga of Nicholas Meyer’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan prequel has been going on for five years since the writer and director first hinted at it in a 2017 TrekMovie interview. His Ceti Alpha V project has been revealed to have been written as a three-part mini-series when he was a consulting producer on the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. It told the story of Khan Noonien-Singh’s time in exile on the planet Ceti Alpha V following the events of the Star Trek episode “Space Seed,” before Star Trek II.
However, the project never got past the writing stage, and as recently as April, Meyer was talking about how it remained dormant. Now it appears there might finally be some movement and a possible transition for the project into a new medium.
Khancasting with Nick Meyer
As a guest on the latest episode of Page One: The Writer’s Podcast, Nicholas Meyer was asked about the project. He replied, “That will be a podcast,” and when the host laughed, Meyer revealed he was serious:
It is. I’m not joking… I am concluding a deal to turn it into a podcast which I will write and presumably direct. And if the podcast is a hit, then maybe we’ll revisit it on film of some kind.
Meyer didn’t get into any other details but when asked directly by TrekMovie, he confirmed the project is currently a possibility. On the Page One podcast, Meyer talked about the benefits of audio drama:
I love radio plays… when I was in college, I directed a play a week. Talking on behalf of radio plays, I believe that all great artistic media rely for their success on something that they leave out. Paintings do not move. Music has no intellectual content. Words are merely code on a page. In each of those cases, it is the imaginative contribution of the listener, the reader… When your imagination complements the sounds, which is otherwise just sounds… Film alone has the hideous capacity to do everything for you. We call this eye candy and candy is not good for you. So I look for ways for things to leave out. And radio is a great way for things to leave out. Imagination does not need any training.
Trek audio dramas
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a Star Trek drama podcast. In his April interview with TrekMovie.com, executive producer Alex Kurtzman revealed he was developing new Star Trek podcasts. And in February Simon & Schuster Audio released the audio drama Star Trek: Picard: No Man’s Land, written by Mike Johnson and Picard co-creator Kirsten Beyer and featuring the voices of Michelle Hurd and Jeri Ryan.
Podcasting is a growing business for Hollywood, with a number of studios moving in to make audio dramas. Other franchises have branched into episodic audio dramas, such as DC with multiple Batman audio dramas including Batman: The Audio Adventures on HBO Max, which featured TNG’s Brent Spiner as the Joker.
As of now, there hasn’t been any official announcement from Paramount about this project, so the saga of the development of Ceti Alpha V continues. But we will report any new updates as they happen.
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