Alex Kurtzman, one of my favorite writers and directors right now, is bringing “Star Trek” back to the small screen! Kurtzman has previously worked on the Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness films alongside his writing partner Robert Orci before they went their separate ways. Now their long time project of bringing the science fiction staple back to television is coming to fruition according to Deadline.
The series is slated to premiere January 2017 on CBS All Access and will introduce new characters, new worlds and new civilizations, while keeping the contemporary themes that have characterized the franchise since its 1996 debut, according to the network.
A special preview of the series will broadcast on the CBS network. The premiere episode and all subsequent episodes will then be available exclusively in the U.S. on CBS All Access. The series will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.
“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,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “Everyone here has great respect for this storied franchise, and we’re excited to launch its next television chapter.”
Reportedly, Kurtzman has been meeting with potential writers for the past few months while he will executive produce the CBS TV Studios-based series.
Despite the fact that Kurtzman and Orci’s CBS TV Studios-based Kurtzman/Orci Paper Products is still a thing, Kurtzman will work alone since the duo split earlier this year.