Saturday’s Star Trek Universe panel and New York Comic Con made a lot of news for upcoming seasons of Star Trek: Discovery, Prodigy, and Picard. But there were also some hints about what might come next beyond the current five Star Trek series, including Star Trek: Voyager star Kate Mulgrew returning to live-action as Janeway.
Kurtzman would “love” to make live-action Janeway happen
Kate Mulgrew has returned in the animated series Star Trek: Prodigy, including playing Admiral Janeway, who will feature prominently in the upcoming second half of season one which debuts on October 27. But during the Prodigy portion of the NYCC Star Trek panel a fan asked “When are we going to see Admiral Janeway back live?” Everyone turned to the executive producer in charge of Star Trek for Paramount Alex Kurtzman, who paused saying “okay, um,” with Mulgrew quipping “We’re waiting” and the audience erupting in laughter. Kurtzman finally gathered himself and said this:
Here’s what I’m going to say. Things have been talked about. That’s all I’m going to say. But nothing would make me happier than to bring Janeway back. I think it would be an incredible, incredible thing to do. There might be an idea in play. Who knows? But I would love it to happen.
Mulgrew added “But we’d like to bring her back while she’s still ambulatory,” with Kurtzman agreeing, replying:
Yes, for sure. We’re not thinking ten years down the line. I’d like to bring her back sooner rather than later. Yes.
Later in the panel when a fan asked Kurtzman if Paramount+ will launch new Star Trek shows to meet a goal of a new episode every week, the executive producer discussed how they approach each show pitch:
I think the goal is less to be in the volume business and more to be in the quality business. And so I think the answer is that we will put on as much Star Trek as we feel is maintaining the franchise in a way where it doesn’t feel like there’s a whole corporate hand that’s moving it into position for an outcome goal. Part of what I love is – in a funny way – we are still kind of a mom-and-pop shop. They’re letting us do it in a way that I think is very true to the spirit of Star Trek. And what I get nervous about is when franchises have a lot of corporate hands on them saying like 15 people are going to decide what these shows are going to be. I don’t think quality comes from that. And so to me when I hear a great Star Trek idea – and my partners Rod [Roddenberry] and everybody who I work with hear it and go, “That feels like a great Star Trek show.” And you know it right away. You know why? Because you don’t have to intellectualize it. You don’t have to convince yourself. You hear and you go, “That’s it.” So as many shows as fit into that category, but not necessarily just to have them on the air. And I think hopefully that keeps it fresh for all of you.
At San Diego Comic-Con in July Kurtzman confirmed that there were two Star Trek shows in active development, indicating both had female leads.
Mulgrew wants to be inspired
Kate Mulgrew has been dropping hints lately about how she would like to return to play Janeway in live-action. In her TrekMovie interview on Star Trek Day last month she said she had faith Kurtzman is the man to make it happen:
I think I’d be interested in doing it if it were beautifully done. And if there’s anybody who knows how to do something beautifully, it’s probably Alex Kurtzman. It’s been brought up more and more of late. I don’t know why. So I answered positively because I loved her. I loved her and I’d love to revisit her. But it’s in the hands of the gods.
And during an NYCC interview with EW on Saturday, Mulgrew weighed in again explaining what it would take to bring her back to live-action as Janeway:
I’d entertain it, but it would have to be really excellent, beautifully written, executed. Yeah, it would have to be inspired.
During the same EW interview, Mulgrew was asked if there were a Prodigy crossover with a live-action show which would she want. She wasn’t sure about the idea, but then asked “Which one is Anson Mount in?” and when told she replied, “Strange New Worlds, then.”
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