While J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” movie revived the stalled franchise, all of the ‘Trek’ films have always played second fiddle to the franchise’s various TV incarnations.
The small screen is where the original Trek and its various spin-offs became famous, garnered their dedicated fanbases, and breaking ground with its storytelling.
The shows were sci-fi dramas that could explore all sorts of possibilities, unlike the films which always seemed stuck in a more conventional “Star Wars”-lite action blockbuster format.
Now, Sky News reporter Joe Michalczuk has revealed that the franchise could be returning to the small screen again – something that hasn’t been seen since the finale of “Enterprise” in May 2005.
Earlier this week, Michalczuk talked with Bob Orci who co-wrote the two recent Trek films. Michalczuk then tweeted the following:
Bob Orci just told me they’ve had a meeting with CBS to revive @StarTrek on TV…This made me v excited
– Joe Michalczuk (@joemichalczuk) October 8, 2013
Late last month, J.J. Abrams himself was asked about the possibility of a new ‘Trek’ TV show. The filmmaker downplayed the possibility: “What I’ve been told from the powers that be [at CBS] is that they’re not interested.”
Should it go ahead, the question of course is what setting would the film be in.
One possibility is a “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” scenario in that it’s set in the same Abrams ‘alternate timeline’ and period, but focusing on different characters in that universe.
However, one reason that hasn’t happened already is due to some thorny rights issues. In short, Paramount owns Trek on film, CBS owns it on TV. Despite all falling under the Viacom umbrella, these kids don’t always see eye to eye.
Both Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) and Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal”) have also expressed interest in bringing Trek back to television, but for right now it appears there is still only talk.