Over the weekend, Latino Review reported that CBS is looking to develop a new Star Trek TV series, with Bryan Singer rumored to executive produce through his Bat Hat Harry production company. You may recall that Bryan Singer was also part of a team that pitched a series entitled Star Trek Federation 10 years ago, along with Robert Meyer Burnett and Christopher McQuarrie, with Geoffrey Thorne writing the script. This report alleges that this Star Trek Federation team is all back for the new series, but it seems that may not be the case.
io9 reached out to Robert Meyer Burnett, who said he knows nothing about a new Star Trek TV series for CBS. Of course, that doesn't mean it isn't happening, but if it is, the project is going forward without him. Here's what he had to say below.
"All of the FEDERATION information is true...but we did that TEN YEARS AGO. The treatment was written but effectively killed when JJ took over. It never went further than the treatment...and no one ever pitched it...and I don't know if Geoffrey wrote a full script. While I have been working on AXANAR, and we are building sets, etc,...I know NOTHING about a new CBS Trek series. As for currently working on something with Skydance? NO COMMENT (but if I WERE, it is NOT related to TREK in any way).
Robert Meyer Burnett is currently working on a 90-minute fan film entitled Star Trek: Axanar, which centers on the Four Years War in the Star Trek canon. It's worth noting that back in 2012, we reported Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller wanted to team up with Bryan Singer for a new Star Trek TV series, although he said nothing "official" would be announced until after Star Trek Into Darkness came out. It's been nearly two years since that movie hit theaters and we still haven't heard anything official.
The time would certainly be right for Star Trek to come back to the small screen, since the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek TV show is next year. Paramount is timing the release of Star Trek 3 to coincide with the anniversary, but it's possible that CBS could roll out a new TV show next year as well. Would you rather see Star Trek on the big screen, small screen, or both? Let us know what you think below.