While it's not yet clear if Star Trek: Discovery is what fans of the venerable sci-fi franchise have been waiting for, the show's success could open the door to several more spinoffs and series set in the world of Starfleet, including Bryan Fuller's original concept of an anthology Star Trek TV show.
Star Trek: Discovery is a prequel series set ten years before the original Star Trek TV show. While it still features some elements of producer Bryan Fuller's original concept (including the casting of The Walking Dead's Sonequa Martin-Green as lead character Commander Michael Burnham), Discovery jettisoned some of Fuller's more artistically adventurous ideas when he departed to oversee American Gods. The behind the scenes drama led to multiple production delays and some trepidation about the creative direction of the series.
While those questions still linger before the show's premiere, executive producer Alex Kurtzman is suggesting Fuller's more ambitious anthology concept could still see the light of day. Per Digital Spy, Kurtzman says the idea of expanding Star Trek's television presence beyond Discovery is a possibility. He also said that Fuller's anthology idea would certainly be considered, while acknowledging CBS's initial reluctance to embrace it:
"I think [an anthology series is] totally possible. It was a really cool idea, but it wasn't necessarily an idea that everyone immediately agreed with."
Kurtzman seems to believe that conceiving Discovery as a more traditional, ongoing series was the right decision to make, telling Digital Spy:
"It's a cool idea, but at the same time, I've now fallen in love with the characters on this ship [Discovery]. I like seeing them. I like being with them. And I wouldn't necessarily want to throw them away at the end of the season for a new show...I think the idea might be that there are more Star Trek series [further down the line]."
Kurtzman's suggestion that Star Trek could expand beyond Discovery comes hot on the heels of the news that veteran Star Trek writer/director Nicholas Meyer is reportedly developing a prequel series revolving around Khan, arguably the franchise's greatest villain.
Star Trek has proved it can support more than one iteration at a time. There was a period in the '90s where both Deep Space Nine and Voyager were airing while The Next Generation shifted into movie theaters. That being said, CBS needs to get Discovery right first. There's still plenty of anxiety over Discovery's production woes and creative turnover. If the show is a success, then it's encouraging to know Star Trek could build on Discovery and use it as the foundation for a new era.
Star Trek: Discovery debuts on CBS All Access on Sunday, September 24.
Source: Digital Spy