CBS Television announced that it will begin production for a brand new Star Trek series that will premiere in January 2017. This announcement was made in November 2015. However, unlike earlier Star Trek TV programs, the episodes will aired through a subscription based streaming service, CBS All Access. The executive producer for the series is Alex Kurtzman; the co-writer of J.J Abramsfor two Star Trek reboots. As far the characters and timeline for the series is concerned, it’s still unknown. As exciting as this may sound, there a couple of things that have me worried. Care to hear them out?
1. The man himself; Alex Kurtzman
You’re already aware that this dude wrote two reboots i.e. Star Trek reboot in 2009 and Star Trek Into Darkness. While the former was a fun thing to watch, the same can’t be said about the latter. It was highly criticised for gaps in the plot and plagiaristic storyline. In addition to this, he also co-wrote The Island, Cowboys and Aliens, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. Mind you, they are all widely despicable. There’s no doubt that movies are joint efforts and we can’t really blame Kurtzman for it, yet he was part of them, right? Uh oh.
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2. Politics in Hollywood
While CBS has the rights to Star Trek TV series, Paramount Pictures owns the rights to Star Trek movies. You can picture the on-going battles between the two which quite clearly wouldn’t have a positive effect on the new show. Suppose CBS wants to include a character from the movies? Wonder if Paramount would permit this? This reminds me of a similar situation between Disney and 20th Century Fox related to the licensed properties of Marvel comics. Disney wasn’t able to label Quicksilver or even the Scarlet Witch as Mutants in Avengers: Age Of Ultron simply because its rights are owned by Fox. On the other hand, the fact that the series will not bear any resemblance to the movie doesn’t sound good either.