On the film side, the Star Trek franchise has seen plenty of shake ups recently. Following Star Trek: Into Darkness, director J.J. Abrams stepped down from the helm, with Star Trek producer Roberto Orci reportedly taking over Star Trek 3. However, Orci has since stepped down, now producing the film, which will now be directed by Justin Lin (Fast Five) from a script co-written by franchise star Simon Pegg.
Though the film franchise put an end to plans to bring Star Trek back to television in the mid 2000s, there now seems a possibility that Gene Roddenberry's universe could return to TV in the foreseeable future. A new report claims a Star Trek television show is even actively in the works.
Latino Review is reporting that CBS is working on bringing Star Trek back to its TV roots with the goal of bringing on Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse) as an executive producer through his production company Bad Hat Harry. According to LR, CBS is looking to bring on the other members of the team on Star Trek: Federation: a project from 2006 that was nixed due to Abrams' big screen Star Trek.
Director Christopher McQuarrie (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation), writer Geoffrey Thorne (Leverage, The Librarians), and producer Robert Meyer Burnett were involved in the project; Federation would have been set far in the future past Deep Space Nine and Voyager, essentially allowing the series to start anew within the established universe. Additionally, LR suggests that Burnett's fan-film Star Trek: Axanar could be used as a guideline for budgeting a Star Trek TV series.
However, iO9 reached out to Burnett to get the producer's comment on news of Star Trek returning to television by way of Federation or Axanar. According to Burnett, he is not involved in any such series.
Read Burnett's full quote:
"All of the FEDERATION information is true...but we did that TEN YEARS AGO. The treatment was written but effectively killed when JJ took over. It never went further than the treatment...and no one ever pitched it...and I don't know if Geoffrey wrote a full script. While I have been working on AXANAR, and we are building sets, etc,...I know NOTHING about a new CBS Trek series. As for currently working on something with Skydance? NO COMMENT (but if I WERE, it is NOT related to TREK in any way)."
Though Burnett has nixed the rumor of a new Star Trek series based on his Federation project, that may not necessarily mean CBS isn't looking to bring Star Trek back to TV. The network may simply be looking into developing an entirely new Star Trek series, potentially courting Singer to come on board.
Of course, that being said, Burnett's comment does throw doubt on the majority of Latino Review's report - which should have been taken with a grain of salt even before the producer offered his take. With Star Trek 3 in production at Paramount and set for release next year, it may be some time before a Star Trek TV series receives a green light to begin production.
However, fans who may be disappointed that Star Trek isn’t returning to television should at least take heart in Pegg’s recent comments about Star Trek 3 attempting to return to the spirit of Roddenberry’s TV series.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more news on a Star Trek television show as it becomes available.
Star Trek 3 is scheduled to premiere July 8th, 2016.