Kurtzman Discusses The Future of STAR TREK On TV
Star Trek started on television. While the movies have received more attention as of late, its home has always been on the small screen. With a show about the future, it is only natural that the franchise’s new home is the next iteration of television: Streaming.
Star Trek: Discovery airs exclusively on CBS All Access. That spawned many things. There is going to be a direct spinoff, some short films, animated projects and even a Star Trek comedy series. Of course, the biggest project happening soon is the return of Patrick Stewart to the franchise in Star Trek: Picard. So all of that happening takes a delicate balance, and the man in charge, Alex Kurtzman makes it all work.
Talking to Deadline on a podcast, he had this to say about all the Trek stuff going on:
“The plan is multiple shows. It takes really a year from writing to finished product, sort of like animation. I have to plan [new shows] two or three years out from now. It’s not just the shows, we have the Short Treks too. We’re doing six more of them, two of them are animated, unlike the two animated shows. What I love about the Short Treks is that they are an experimental training ground, a place to experiment with different things – directors who we’ve never worked with before, tones we’ve never tried before. Michael Giacchino is doing one of the animated shorts and Olatunde Osunsanmi is doing another one…again, different animation styles, totally different tones – aimed at kids I would say, more than adults.”
In summation: There is a lot more Star Trek coming, and it seems like there will be something for everyone. They have stuff for the hardcore fans, stuff that they can experiment with different things, and stuff for casual fans. Which means CBS: All Access is a must subscribe for anyone remotely interested in the franchise. In a saturated streaming market, CBS has found a niche that has proven pretty profitable in the past.
Kurtzman has a lot on his plate, but it looks like he is handling it quite well.
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