This year marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and there is quite a bit planned to celebrate — not the least of which is the new movie, Star Trek Beyond. Still, for many Star Trek fans the property feels most at home on television. After all, television is where Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek began and where it continued for most of its 50 year history, spanning five live-action and one animated series.
Star Trek was last seen regularly on TV in 2005, and the franchise was all but invisible until J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film reboot. Fans hoped the film’s success would lead to a television revival as well, and though it took some years, CBS finally announced a new Star Trek television show for January 2017. The series will first premiere on CBS before moving to the network’s streaming service, CBS All Access. Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Hannibal) has been named the new showrunner and Alex Kurtzman is producing along with Heather Kadin (Limitless).
Today, the new Star Trek series adds another name to its growing creative staff: Nicholas Meyer, who’ll join the series as a writer and consulting producer. Fuller broke the news to StarTrek.com, saying:
“Nicholas Meyer chased Kirk and Khan ’round the Mutara Nebula and ’round Genesis’ flames, he saved the whales with the Enterprise and its crew, and waged war and peace between Klingons and the Federation. We are thrilled to announce that one of Star Trek’s greatest storytellers will be boldly returning as Nicholas Meyer beams aboard the new Trek writing staff.”
For Star Trek fans, Meyer needs no introduction, but just so we’re all on the same page, Meyer directed and co-wrote what many consider the best movies out of the original six Star Trek films (the even-numbered ones, giving rise to the Star Trek movie curse). Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which Meyer co-wrote and directed, is arguably the best Star Trek film and perhaps one of the best Star Trek stories period. He also co-wrote Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (which let’s be honest, as a kid you loved the one with the whales) and Meyer returned to write and again direct Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, featuring the final onscreen appearance of the original Enterprise crew in its entirety.
Suffice it to say, this news should please Trekkers (or Trekkies, if you prefer) to no end. Meyer’s involvement with the franchise resulted in many of its most beloved and remembered moments. For anyone still worried about a new Star Trek television show (albeit through a steaming service), seeing Meyer’s name attached should go a long way in easing their concerns.
Star Trek Beyond opens in U.S. theaters on July 22nd, 2016. The new Star Trek TV show will debut on CBS in January 2017.