Is a new Star Trek TV series in development?

News Ryan Lambie 25 Aug 2011 - 16:27

Could another series of Star Trek hit our televisions soon? It will if a US writer and producer’s concept is picked up by CBS…

It’s now six years since we last saw a new Star Trek television series, after Enterprise aired for the last time back in 2005. But according to recent reports, Star Trek’s TV-based voyages could be far from over.

David Foster, a writer, producer and head of the production company 1947 Entertainment, has revealed that he’s planning a new series that is designed to take Star Trek back to its “original series roots.” He’s said the new show will take in all the usual Roddenberry trappings – Klingons, Vulcans and Ferengi, for example – but will feature a much younger cast.

“The series concept is fully developed, subject to change of course,” Foster told Trek Web, “with a solid 5-7 year series plan, pilot script and a conceptualized finale that intends to define Star Trek for generations.”

Foster’s series will take place after the Voyager series of a few years back, and won’t conflict with JJ Abrams’ big-screen take on the Star Trek mythos, since it’s set in a different timeline.

While Foster’s hardly a household name, he’s clearly passionate about sci-fi, and was one of the collaborators behind Richard Hatch’s Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming four-minute trailer that emerged about a decade ago. Ultimately, it was Ronald D Moore’s darker take on BSG that was ultimately picked up for television a few years later.

Foster’s Star Trek is still at the pitching stage, so it’s far too early to say whether his concept will ever amount to much more than words on paper. His ideas for the show sound intriguing, though, and you can read the full interview over at Trek Web, here.

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