CBS’ “Star Trek” programming is expanding to the furthest reaches of the television universe.
The network has announced plans to heavily push their “Star Trek” property with new original programming for cable, broadcast and streaming channels.
“Star Trek: Discovery” executive producer Alex Kurtzman has signed a new $25 million deal with CBS through 2023 and will lead the charge on new series, mini-series, and even animated projects based on the property. Kurtzman was recently promoted to showrunner of “Star Trek: Discovery”.
The Hollywood Reporter suggests CBS is eyeing Patrick Stewart to reprise his iconic role as Captain Picard from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in a brand new show.
“Sources say Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman, who left ‘Discovery’ after season one, are attached to the Stewart-led reboot,” THR‘s Lesley Goldberg wrote. “CBS TV Studios declined to confirm the Stewart project as sources say a deal is far from completed and may not happen despite the fact that the actor recently teased his potential return to the franchise.”
“Discovery” premiered on Sept. 24 and has been renewed for a second season following strong critical reviews.