A year ago, Trekkies were beaming after news broke that Nicholas Meyer, the writer-director behind Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, universally regarded as the best film in the franchise, was working on a mysterious new Star Trek adventure.
During a recent visit to the University of California, Irvine this week (as recorded by Trek Core), Meyer revealed that he's been hired to pen not one but a whole trilogy of movies for CBS All Access, the streaming service that's home to Star Trek: Discovery, for which he serves as a writer and consulting producer.
"I was hired to write a stand-alone Star Trek-related trilogy. I can't discuss or I'd have to kill you," the filmmaker said with a laugh during a discussion about Shakespeare and Star Trek. "I was writing it for CBS [All] Access… but at the moment CBS is at a war with Paramount/Viacom."
The "war" in question to has to do with the legal brouhaha that has erupted among CBS shareholders as to whether or not a reunion with Viacom will go forward.
On Monday the board filed a surprise lawsuit aiming to block a merger proposed by parent company National Amusements, which has a 79 percent voting interest in both CBS and Viacom, arguing "the move is not in the best interests of CBS stockholders." That prompted outrage from National Amusements and now the two sides are battling it out in court.
Alas, to hear Meyer tell it, faster than you can say Ceti Alpha 5, the corporate civil war may end up temporarily banishing his new Star Trek trilogy to oblivion before it even gets off the ground, which could explain his newfound willingness to talking about what was formerly a hush-hush project.
"They're in a power struggle which turned really nasty this past week when CBS decided to sue Viacom. So I don't think my project is going anywhere in a hurry, because everything is on hold while they sort out this merger business," added the helmer. "That's my story and I'm stickin' to it."
Meyer was mum on what his trio of films is about and Reps for CBS did not respond when asked for comment. Regardless, it seems like an obvious decision to tap Meyer to boldly brainstorm some new Star Trek adventures in addition to Discovery.
The filmmaker, of course, is beloved among the fanbase for contributing to what are undoubtedly the most successful films in the series - not only sitting in the captain's chair for Khan, which gave Trek its first big box office hit after the lackluster reception of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but co-writing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and writing and helming Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Let's hope the two sides work things out – and soon.