In recent months there’s been a big push to get “Star Trek” back on TV again, something that has always been a bit of an issue. Whilst Paramount has full control over the films and have successfully rebooted that part of the franchise, the rights for anything Trek-related on television belong to CBS whose interest in the possibility has been essentially zero.
It’s not just fans though that are keen on the possibility, the film series’ production company Skydance Productions are also keen on the possibility. Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison, who is currently producing the third of the rebooted film series, spoke in Berlin this week about the prospect of a new series:
“It’s something that we would love to be involved in. As I’m sure everybody knows, the rights situation given the CBS and Paramount divorce on the Star Trek rights is very, very complicated. The exact status of it is absolutely something being worked on. We would love to be involved, but all to be determined at this time.
Just for example how much we love it is when we were talking about Terminator recently and the episode we kept referencing was obviously whether or not they argue if Data actually doesn’t wanna get transferred, if he actually has a right and has free will and is a human being and switches him off. It’s amazing, the television show explored these incredibly deep phenomenal themes that we would absolutely love to do and be a part of, and we wish it was entirely up to us.”
Skydance is behind the upcoming “Terminator Genisys” and Ellison goes on to further explain about how the mess over the rights to that franchise compares to what’s going on with Trek’s TV rights:
“It’s wildly, wildly complicated. Just speaking towards going to something we do control, not trying to get myself into trouble by answering this bluntly, because you said it appropriately, is the Terminator rights were scattered all over the world prior to us getting involved. And it’s when a franchise has been around for 30 or 50 years, different people make different deals at different points in time, and it really took for Terminator the previous owner actually going bankrupt and going through obviously bankruptcy court, and then even after that it took a year to clean up the straggling pieces that that process did not clean up.
We’re very thankful that the rights now all revolve under our house so they are now all at Skydance so we can control all assets of the property. That’s not always the case with franchises, and when they’re 50 years old, there’s a lot of complicated deals that have been made that sometimes prevent things that might seem obvious that need to happen from happening.
Sounds like another “Star Trek” TV show in any form is going to be many years off.