Star Trek Movies & TV: What The Franchise's Future Looks Like

Star Trek: Discovery Is Set For TV

The success of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All-Access led to increased subscriptions for the network's premium streaming platform and the plan is to build off of Discovery to have multiple Trek series airing all-year long. In 2018, Alex Kurtzman, who wrote Star Trek 2009 and Star Trek Into Darkness, became the executive producer overseeing the Star Trek brand for CBS All-Access. Kurtzman's goal is to develop more series, both live-action and animated. In fact, spinoffs have been discussed for every Discovery character and the first has been announced: a new series starring Michelle Yeoh as former Emperor Philippa Georgiou, who is now a member of the Federation's black ops agency Section 31.

As for the flagship series itself, Star Trek: Discovery begins its second season with iconic Trek characters Spock (Ethan Peck) and Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) joining the crew. After a divisive first season where longtime fans criticized Discovery's focus on a grim and gritty Klingon War as opposed to an optimistic vision of exploration (like Seth MacFarlane's The Orville is doing on FOX), Kurtzman assumed the role of showrunner following behind the scenes turmoil that saw previous showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts ousted. However, Discovery's astonishingly cinematic visual effects and breakneck, action-packed pace updated the franchise for the Peak TV era. CBS plans for Discovery to run for many seasons to come.

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Picard Is Coming Back

Patrick Stewart as Picard on Star Trek The Next Generation

Longtime Trek fans rejoiced when Patrick Stewart announced his return as Jean-Luc Picard in August 2018. After last portraying arguably the franchise's most beloved Captain in 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis, Stewart is enthusiastically set to chart the next phase in Picard's "radically altered" life after commanding the Enterprise. Stewart is guiding the writer's room for the new, currently untitled series, which will premiere in late 2019 and is planned to run for multiple seasons.  As for what fans can expect, Kurtzman said Stewart's mandate for the new Picard series was: "'If we do this, I want it to be so different, I want it to be both what people remember but also not what they're expecting at all, otherwise why do it?"

Besides the joy of seeing Stewart embody his iconic role once more, another cause of fascination for Trekkers is that the new series will not just pick up where Picard's story left off, but it will be the first real exploration of what has happened in the 24th century after Star Trek: Nemesis as every Trek project since has been a prequel or set in an alternate timeline. Picard's series takes place after the fall of the Romulan Empire (which was set up in Nemesis and in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek 2009), but fans also hope to see Picard interact with former members of his crew to see what became of William Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Geordi LaForge (LeVar Burton), Worf (Michael Dorn), Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), and if the android B4 ever gained the full memories and personality of Data (Brent Spiner).

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