It's been nearly 10 years since Enterprise ended its TV run, and it seems like ever since then we've heard constant rumors about a return to TV for Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi touchstone began on the small screen, after all, and many fans would argue that's still where the best work done in the franchise lies, despite a slew of films that now include a big-budget reboot courtesy of J.J. Abrams. When the Abrams era of Trek began a few years ago, it seemed that the Powers That Be were only interested in big-screen revenues for the franchise, but rumors of a small-screen revival persisted, including one a few months ago that Netflix was interested in bringing Trek back to its long-form roots. Now reports of Star Trek coming back to TV are heating up again.
According to Latino Review, CBS "is looking to bring Star Trek back to TV," and while we don't know yet exactly when this revival could happen, or what form it could take, it comes courtesy of a site that's produced plenty of rumors that turned out to be legitimate. So, you know, take it with a grain of salt, but don't lose hope.
The Latino Review report focuses specifically on an abandoned TV pitch called Star Trek: Federation, brought forward by producers Geoffrey Thorne (Leverage, Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Robert Burnett (who's worked on a number of Star Trek documentaries and is producing the fan film Star Trek: Axanar), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation). That series would've seen the Trek timeline move into the future, beyond Deep Space Nine and Voyager, to a time when the Federation was becoming fractured and "complacent." It would've re-defined the Trek paradigm by basically breaking up the Utopia presented by the original Federation, and thus would've offered plenty of new storytelling opportunities.
We don't know if CBS is actually interested in following up on Federation, but according to this report the network is interested in bringing Singer back to develop a new series, and McQuarrie was still interested in Trek as early as last December (though Rogue Nation is foremost on his mind at the moment). The report also notes that the success or failure of Axanar could be a key point in the decision-making process, because it could prove Trek is still viable without a big-screen budget. However it all shakes out, if this report is true, Star Trek could finally be on its way to the small screen again.
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(Via Latino Review)