“Fringe” producer and 2009 “Star Trek” reboot co-scribe Alex Kurtzman is developing a new “Star Trek” TV series which is being pushed into production next year ahead of a proposed January 2017 debut on CBS.
The premiere episode, and all subsequent first-run episodes, will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS’ All Access digital subscription service – the first original series developed specifically for U.S. audiences to air in such a way.
David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios says in a statement: “There is no better time to give ‘Star Trek’ fans a new series than on the heels of the original show’s 50th anniversary celebration. Everyone here has great respect for this storied franchise, and we’re excited to launch its next television chapter in the creative mind and skilled hands of Alex Kurtzman, someone who knows this world and its audience intimately.”
The new television series is not related to the Justin Lin-directed upcoming feature film “Star Trek Beyond” which debuts in cinemas July 22nd. Kurtzman and Heather Kadin will executive produce and CBS Television Studios will produce the series.
At the same time, a 2019 release date is being targeted for a fourth “Star Trek” film according to the trades. Kurtzman is not attached to either it or “Star Trek: Beyond”.