Star Trek fans have been eagerly awaiting the next movement from the beloved utopian universe. With its most recent television iteration, Star Trek: Enterprise, having ended more than a decade ago now, anticipation is high for the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery. With only a brief teaser trailer and production interviews to go off of, little is known about the upcoming series, though it will take place between the timeframe of Enterprise and the original series.
Discovery is controversially set to debut exclusively on CBS' new All Access streaming service. The service costs $5.99 a month and currently has around 1 million subscribers. A commercial-free option was recently announced, which will cost $9.99.
Via Variety, Star Trek: Discovery was originally supposed to launch in February of 2017, but will now be pushed back to May. CBS' new spinoff of The Good Wife will now be moving into the February slot. The reason? Discovery needed more time to incubate.
"Bringing Star Trek back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood. We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: Star Trek deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of."
CBS TV Studios president David Stapf added:
"The series template and episodic scripts that Alex and Bryan have delivered are incredibly vivid and compelling. They are building a new, very ambitious Star Trek world for television, and everyone involved supports their vision for the best timing to bring to life what we all love on the page."
Casting for the show is still in process, but apparently, this hasn't been a factor in the delay. Star Trek: Discovery is now set to begin filming November in Toronto. Obviously, the extra three-month wait will be a disappointment for Trek fans looking forward to a new series, but most will probably agree that the importance of quality beats out promptness.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on the production of Star Trek: Discovery as they hit.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres May 2017 on CBS All Access