Star Trek is finally awakening from slumber and entering a boom era. Ever since the demise of Enterprise in 2005, Trek fans have had only J.J. Abrams' movies and decades-old TV reruns to keep them going. But now CBS wants to have a Star Trek show running "" on CBS All-Access, the company says, and early rumors about the potential series are painting a promising picture for the future for Star Trek.
Here's a running list of everything Star Trek in the works right now. (If you want the lowdown on season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery, you can read on right here.)
[Editor's Note: This post will be constantly updating as more information becomes available.]
Zachary Quinto, the actor who returned Spock to the big screen, told that three Star Trek scripts were currently in the works. We know details on at least two of them.
The first is Star Trek 4 (working title), the fourth installment in Abrams' Trek universe that kicked off with Star Trek in 2009. The film would be director S.J. Clarkson's first feature-length film after directing episodes of Succession, The Defenders, Jessica Jones, and Life on Mars.
But the biggest news regarding Star Trek 4 has been who isn't going to be in the film—maybe. In mid-August, The Hollywood Reporter said salary negotiations had broken down between Paramount Pictures/Skydance Media and Chris Pine, who plays the charismatic James T. Kirk, and Chris Hemsworth, who played Kirk's gather George in 2009's Star Trek.
While no progress has been reported, Chris Pine that he'd still love to be involved and that he'd "await the phone call." In the meantime, things are at a standstill. Paramount Pictures is waiting until this fiasco is worked out to negotiate contracts with supporting characters. But Star Trek 4 will also feature new characters with at least one reportedly being portrayed by Danai Gurira, fresh off the set of Black Panther as Okoye.
As for Star Trek 4's plot, things are still a bit fuzzy. The rumor was that the Enterprise would be dealing with another time travel plot, which would make sense since Chris Hemsworth's character dies in the opening minutes of 2009's Star Trek.
The other Star Trek cinematic project grabbing headlines is one helmed by an unconventional director for franchise film—Quentin Tarantino, known for his great but ultra-violent films like Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. A Tarantino Star Trek film would be a fascinating watch, but it would almost certainly need an hard R rating, which would be a first for the franchise.
Karl Urban, who plays Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the new Star Trek series, said in early September that he had read Tarantino's script and that it was "bananas." Here's what else he said at the Trekonderoga in Ticonderoga, New York:
"You shouldn't worry that it is going to be full of obscenity and stuff. He wants an R-rating to really make those beats of consequence land. If it's not PG, if someone gets sucked out into space, which we have all seen before, we might see them get disemboweled first...it allows some breadth...gives him some leeway to do that. To me, that was always one of the things that I loved about what DeForest Kelley did. He would actually capture the horror of space. That look in his eyes of sheer terror always struck me when I was a kid."
In about what he'd do with Star Trek, Tarantino expressed his love of the Original Series and William Shatner's Kirk and mentioned ways to turn classic episodes, like "City on the Edge of Forever," into feature-length films. But he goes on to say:
"In thinking about the concept even further though, one of the best Star Trek episodes ever was in Next Generation...["Yesterday's Enterprise"] is one of the great—not just space stories—but they way it dealt with the mythology. That actually could bear a two-hour treatment."
Tarantino may admire TNG, but Urban also confirmed that the Kelvin-universe cast (aka the actors from J.J. Abrams' cinematic universe) would be cast for the film. So for now, Tarantino seems more interested in exploring the world of Kirk and company.
Just don't expect Tarantino's film anytime soon. Simon Pegg, who played Scotty in the reboot series, told that it would likely be "five or six years" before Tarantino delivers his Star Trek vision to audiences.
Luckily for him, Star Trek fans know how to be patient.
The TV Shows
Star Trek: Discovery's premiere in September 2017 brought the franchise back to the small screen where it began. Now Trek is about to blow up on TV.
When CBS green-lit a second season of Discovery, it also gave showrunner Alex Kurtzman a five-year deal to create even more Star Trek shows. , there are plans for a series at Starfleet Academy, a Khan-centric limited series, an animated series, and a series that will see the return of Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard.
So let's break down what we know.
Picard Makes a Comeback
With Discovery, Abrams' Trek movies, and the Tarantino rumors all stirring, the Trek franchise appeared hopelessly trapped in an infatuation with Kirk and Spock at the expense of revisiting the eras of The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager, or something new set even farther into the future.
Well, CBS is finally branching out. In early August, Patrick Stewart confirmed at Star Trek Las Vegas that he would be returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard for a new Star Trek series on CBS All Access. Kurtzman introduced Stewart to the stage, saying this show would be the next Trek series in the lineup.
Considering Stewart is reprising his role a quarter-century after TNG went off the air, it's safe to say the new show featuring a much older Picard will be set beyond the time of the TNG films. In fact, CBS confirmed the show will take place 20 years after Nemesis, making this the farthest into the future any Star Trek show has had its primary setting.
Of course, fans aren't completely in the dark about Picard's fate after the conclusion of Nemesis. In the "All Good Things," the two-part finale of the TV series, we see a Picard in the year 2395. We learn that he at one point became an ambassador, married and divorced chief medical officer Beverly Crusher, and eventually retired to his French vineyard. But most importantly, we learn Picard's been inflicted , a degenerative neurological disorder, which Picard says it can take "years to run its course."
TNG cleverly wrote in a workaround. In the same episode, Data says that "there have already been changes in the way the time line is unfolding. The future will undoubtedly be different from the one the Captain encountered." A degenerative disease seems like something that's hard to avoid, but we'll have to wait and see.
Source have also reported that other TNG cast members have not been cast in the show that will usher in a new age of Picard. Marina Sirtis, who played Deanna Troi in TNG, that "when Patrick said 'Jean-Luc Picard is back,' he didn't say, 'The Next Generation is back.'"
As for the creative team, details remain vague. One big name added the list of producers is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, who recently wrote a script called "Calypso" for CBS's Short Treks. Previous Trek showrunner Rick Berman strongly .
On September 25, Stewart tweeted a picture of himself, Chabon, and others in a meeting, saying "The journey has begun."
Although it's far too early to speculate casting for the series, James McAvoy, who famously played Stewart's other iconic character Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, has already offered (if need be). It seems fans and actors alike are excited for whatever Picard's next adventure will be.
Welcome to the Academy
Starfleet Academy has been a set piece in many Star Trek episodes, but it's never been the subject of an entire show. This series in very early development. The only information we do have is Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, who were co-creators on Gossip Girl, Dynasty, and Marvel's Runaways, will be the creative minds behind the project.
Their résumés would suggest this Trek show would be full of intergalactic hormones and teenage angst à la Wesley Crusher. Other than that, we're in the dark and don't know who will be in the series or when this show will take place.
The original news announcing Kutzman's five-year contract as Trek showrunner mentioned that another show in the works was a limited series based around Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Famously played by Ricardo Montalbán in TOS episode "Space Seed" and the 1982 film (and controversially played by Benedict Cumberbatch in 2013's Star Trek: Into Darkness), Khan is a character familiar to Trek fans and non-fans alike, and details are starting to emerge as to what this show would be about.
Back in May, reports surfaced the Wrath of Khan writer-director "a trilogy of movies" for CBS All Access. Now it appears that project has that will take place after the events of "Space Seed," when Kirk drops Khan and his eugenically-modified crew on Ceti Alpha V, but before the events of The Wrath of Khan.
Although that premise seems somewhat limiting (besides that whole exploding planet thing), the series would be in Meyer's veteran hands (he also wrote The Voyage Home and The Undiscovered Country). When we're likely to see this show remains anyone's guess, but it's possible that we know the title. , Star Trek: Destiny and Star Trek: Reliant, with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Although the first one remains a mystery, the was the ship Khan hijacked in Wrath of Khan. It's a thin but compelling clue.
A Cartoon Return
One of the more intriguing shows currently in the rumor mill is an untitled animated production. Of course, it wouldn't be the first time that Star Trek took on a cartoonish form. The 1973-74 Star Trek: The Animated Series (TAS) helped feed fans hunger for more Trek between the cancellation of the original series and the first Star Trek film in 1979.
Although limited by the animation tech of the day and some back-and-forth on whether the episodes should count as Star Trek canon, it remains more than 40 years later the only animated Star Trek show. CBS's new animated show is also the production we know the least about, so for this one, we'll just have to wait and see.