A New ‘Star Trek’ May Be Coming To TV In The Near Future

Reports indicate that CBS may be working towards bringing a new Star Trek series to TV, marking the return of the iconic sci-fi franchise that largely folded after the 2005 finale of Star Trek: Enterprise.

When the last Star Trek series went off the air, several concepts were pitched for a continuation of the franchise, which had been on television continuously since the 1987 premiere of The Next Generation. Bryce Zabel (Dark Skies) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) pitched the idea of rebooting the original Star Trek, while producer Robert Burnett, X-Men director Bryan Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie advocated a series called Star Trek: Federation, to be set in the distant future.

According to Latino Review, some of the same names attached to Star Trek: Federation could be part of a proposed new series. They report that Singer has been mentioned as a possible executive producer for a new Star Trek series, to be facilitated through Bad Hat Harry productions. CBS is reportedly interested in having Singer develop the new Star Trek, a project that could possibly also involve Chris McQuarrie, who is rumored to still be interested. Burnett, meanwhile, has recently acted as a producer on the fan-funded project Star Trek: Axanar, according to Cinema Blend.

Paramount is still moving ahead with a third film in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, scheduled for a 2016 release. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Idris Elba is in talks to join the production for an as-yet-unnamed villain role. Rumors have also circulated that Bryan Cranston could be joining the film and that both Cranston and Elba could be cast as Klingon characters, a species that has had little presence in the J.J. Abrams Star Trek universe.

So far, no official announcement has been made, and Singer, Burnett, McQuarrie haven’t officially committed to any Star Trek project at CBS. Fans are closely watching Star Trek: Axanar, however, to see what the franchise could potentially look like with a more limited budget. Some observers have noted that the project, which was preceded by the 20-minute-long Star Trek: Prelude To Axanar, can be used to demonstrate to CBS the ease of producing a new Star Trek series at a lower cost.

In any event, with CBS reportedly probing the possibility of a new series, it seems that Star Trek will be returning to TV, in one form or another, in the near future.

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