Viacom-owned cable network Nickelodeon is reportedly nearing a deal for a new “Star Trek” animated series from producer Alex Kurtzman and Emmy-winning writers Kevin and Dan Hageman (“Trollhunters”).
The new animated series will serve as a tentpole for the network and will target younger viewers, but story details are top secret. Kurtzman in January hinted that they’re planning several animated efforts tied to the franchise, specifically a minimum of two, with each to boast different tones and made via different technologies.
The project will be the first of the revived “Star Trek” TV franchise efforts to air in the United States outside of direct-to-consumer platform CBS All Access where “Star Trek: Discovery,” the animated comedy “Lower Decks,” spin-offs centered on Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard and Michelle Yeoh’s Philippa Georgiou, and more “Short Treks” short films are in the works.
Netflix has the international rights to “Star Trek: Discovery” and is expected to carry more of the CBS All Access Trek shows as well, but whether that includes this series is uncertain. The Nickelodeon order arrives as talks of a CBS Corp. and Viacom merger have heated up again in recent days.
Source: The Live Feed