StarTrek.com announced this morning that CBS Television Studios plans to launch a completely brand-spankin’ new Star Trek series in January of 2017. With Alex Kurtzman, co-writer of 2009’s Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, at the wheel as executive producer, CBS hopes to revive the already beloved series with a breath of new life, and all new adventures.
CBS Television Studio’s chief David Stapf said, “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 project will be the very first original series developed exclusively for CBS All Access, the network’s subscription on-demand service, but the premiere episode will be broadcasted on CBS itself.
“Every day, an episode of the Star Trek franchise is seen in almost every country in the world,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group. “We can’t wait to introduce Star Trek’s next voyage on television to its vast global fan base.”
With the booming success of the modern film franchise, it’s only logical for someone to swoop in and reboot the series for television. I’m interested to hear what the die-hard Trekkies think about this new development.
Are you already filling out your CBS All Access subscription, or will you wait until the first episode airs?