The USS Enterprise is set to embark on a new mission as CBS’ All Access Star Trek: Discovery spins off with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Strange New Worlds be the third live-action scripted Star Trek series and fourth overall for CBS All Access streaming service, joining the flagship Discovery, Patrick Stewart vehicle Picard and the forthcoming animated series Lower Decks.
The streamer has ordered the straight-to-series order spinoff sees Discovery stars Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, and Rebecca Romijn return to reprise their respective roles as Capt. Christopher Pike, Spock and Number One. The series is set to explore the years the former manned the helm of the Enterprise, in the decade before Kirk boarded the Enterprise and began the mission to explore new worlds around the galaxy.
Franchise captain Alex Kurtzman will oversee the drama, as he does with all things Star Trek for CBS All Access and said in a statement reported by The Hollywood Reporter,
“When we said we heard the fans’ outpouring of love for Pike, Number One and Spock when they boarded Star Trek: Discovery last season, we meant it. These iconic characters have a deep history in Star Trek canon, yet so much of their stories has yet to be told. With Akiva and Henry at the helm, the Enterprise, its crew, and its fans are in for an extraordinary journey to new frontiers in the Star Trek universe.”
The series premiere was written by Akiva Goldsman, who collaborated with Discovery bosses Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet on the story. The trio exec produce alongside Henry Alonso Myers, Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout topper Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. Aaron Baiers, Akela Cooper, and Davy Perez co-exec produce.
“This is a dream come true, literally. I have imagined myself on the bridge of the Enterprise since the early 1970s. I’m honored to be a part of this continuing journey along with Alex, Henry and the fine folks at CBS.”
Another Discovery spinoff — Section 31, starring Michelle Yeoh — is also in development for the streamer. A younger-skewing CG-animated series is also in development for CBS All Access corporate sibling Nickelodeon. All of them are exec produced by Kurtzman. Goldsman, it’s worth noting, will remain an executive producer and on Picard. All of the series hail from CBS TV Studios, where Kurtzman is under a rich overall deal, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.
The new Trek series joins a CBS All Access roster of scripted originals that also includes the Kurtzman-produced The Man Who Fell to Earth, recently renewed The Good Fight, Stephen King’s The Stand, The Twilight Zone, Why Women Kill and recently ordered Isla Fisher dark comedy Guilty Party, among others.
Season three of Discovery will debut later this year, while Picard was renewed earlier this year for its sophomore frame. A launch date for Lower Decks has yet to be announced. ViacomCBS will also handle worldwide distribution for Strange New Worlds.
A premiere date for Strange New Worlds as well as an episode count have yet to be determined
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