Nicholas Meyer has revealed a few more details about his mystery Star Trek project. Meyer directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in 1982 and, even 36 years later, the film is still considered one of the best (if not the best) Star Trek moves ever made. He went on to cowrote Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and direct Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country - two of the more beloved films featuring the Original Series cast - in the years that followed. For these reasons, Trekkies were excited when Meyer signed up to serve as a consulting producer on CBS All-Access' Star Trek: Discovery, back when Bryan Fuller was the showrunner.
About a year ago, Meyer revealed he was also working on a new Star Trek project separate from Discovery. He didn't offer any details beyond that at the time, giving rise to rumors that Meyer was working on a limited series about (who else?) Khan Noonien Singh. Meyer has now confirmed that the Star Trek project in question is meant for CBS All Access, but has been put on hold until further notice.
During a Q&A at the University of California, Irvine, Meyer was asked by a member of the audience if he was working on a Star Trek limited series or miniseries as rumored. He specifically referred to the mystery project as being a "trilogy", but didn't specify if Khan is a part of it or not. Moreover, Meyer revealed that the current legal battle between CBS and Viacom/Paramount has left the project in limbo for the time being. Here's a transcript of the exchange (per TrekCore):
AUDIENCE QUESTION: A while back there were reports that you might be working on a ‘Star Trek’ miniseries, is there any truth to that, if you’re allowed to say anything about that?
MEYER: No, I can say something. I was hired to write a stand-alone ‘Star Trek’-related trilogy, [details of which] I can’t discuss or I’d have to kill you. [Laughs] I was writing it for CBS [All] Access… but at the moment CBS is at a war with Paramount/Viacom [about merging]. They’re in a power struggle which turned really nasty this past week when CBS decided to sue Viacom. So I don’t think my project is going anywhere in a hurry, because everything is on hold while they sort out this merger business. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.
For those unfamiliar: CBS holds the TV rights to Star Trek, whereas Viacom/Paramount handles the movie rights. It sounds like Meyer's project could be a trilogy of films designed for CBS' streaming service (so, basically, TV movies) and would require them to re-merge in order to move forward. With the two companies in a legal battle, that leaves Meyer's Star Trek trilogy up the creek without a paddle until things settle down.
Star Trek's theatrical movie slate is in a similarly peculiar situation at the moment. Star Trek 4, aka. the untitled fourth movie in the Star Trek reboot series (or Kelvin Timeline), has found its director in S.J. Clarkson, yet has neither a concrete start date or release target right now. Meanwhile, a Star Trek movie script based on an idea from Quentin Tarantino is currently being written, but little is known about the film beyond that. Things are thankfully calmer when it comes to Star Trek TV, with filming on Discovery season 2 now underway. Here's to hoping Meyer's intriguing "trilogy" starts moving forward again too, sooner rather than later.
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