While we're waiting for director J.J. Abrams' hugely anticipated Star Trek sequel to blow us away on the big screen next year, Roberto Orci revealed quite a few interesting tidbits about that Star Trek animated series and the possibilities of a live-action TV series in the future.
Speaking to TrekMovie, screenwriter Orci brushed on the subject of that animated Star Trek series that was brought up a couple of times in the past, and revealed whether said animated Trek series would either take place in the regular Star Trek universe of TOS, Star Trek: TNG, Voyager and Deep Space Nine (remember, the events of Enterprise take place before TOS and Abrams' film, so its timeline remains untouched for BOTH universes); or whether the animated series would take place in the 2009 movie's newly created alternate timeline.
While discussing the subject, Orci also talked about whether the movies precluded the creation of a new live-action Star Trek series for the small screen.
Here's the telling exchange:
TrekMovie.com: Is there some kind of handshake — or possibly written — agreement between Paramount and CBS for CBS to not do a live-action Star Trek TV series while there is a feature film in development or until after JJ Abrams produces three movies?
Roberto Orci: I don't know how specific that is. I do know there is an conversation where all parties agree to do what is best for Trek. And sometimes that means leaving space for the movie and it may turn into "maybe we can do both." I don't think there is a hard and fast rule where if there is a movie you can't do it. It means let's be aware of whether or not we are cannibalizing Trek. Let's be aware of not saturating the audience and having them not be tired of it but hungry for it.
TrekMovie.com: But do you agree with me that an animated series is...
Roberto Orci: Yes. It is less cannibalizing. I would like to see an animated series the most. When I think about it, it is the most different than what we are doing and still in the most in line with it. So I would like to see an animated series.
TrekMovie.com: An animated series done like the new comic books and game you guys are currently overseeing — set in the movie universe with the same characters, having adventures in between the films?
Roberto Orci: Yes, exactly.
So what do you guys think? Would you rather have a new Star Trek animated series take place in the alternate movie universe, as Roberto Orci seems to favor? Or would you rather see more Trek adventures take place in the regular Star Trek universe? Perhaps THAT would be better served by a live-action TV series?