This Star Trek fan will get a chance to pitch his series idea to Paramount

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Jun 19, 2015

There's been talk on and off of Star Trek returning to TV for several years now, but a diehard fan of the franchise might get a chance to make that a reality.

According to Cinemablend, Star Trek "superfan" Michael Gummelt has been working for 20 years on a series proposal called Star Trek Uncharted, drafting a pilot script and creating a website around the idea. Well now it seems that Gummelt's dedication and concept have drawn the attention of executives at Star Trek's corporate home, Paramount, which has invited Gummelt to come in and personally pitch the idea to those same execs sometime this summer.

Gummelt's concept is set in a time somewhere between the original series and The Next Generation. It focuses on the crew of a new "Perseus Class" Enterprise NCC-1701 (no letter) as it voyages into the largely unexplored Andromeda galaxy by means of a "spacefold gate," essentially warp technology on steroids. The ship and its diverse crew will be commanded by two people -- a human leader and a half-alien one -- and the proposed series would get back to the original Trek concept of charting new worlds and discovering unknown species while minimizing callbacks to the already established canon.

Wormholes aside, we know that there's never been anything like a "spacefold gate" in use by Starfleet to travel to another galaxy entirely, so Gummelt's idea raises some continuity questions. But he said in an interview with TrekMovie that Star Trek Uncharted could take place in either the original universe or the one created by the J.J. Abrams movies:

What I want for this series is for it to be the future -- a Star Trek TV series that feels modern and feels futuristic relative to our current times. So, as I see it, Star Trek Uncharted is set sometime in the future, distant enough that it doesn’t really matter which universe it takes place in. It’s universe-agnostic. In my fantasy world where the series actually gets made, it would need to establish itself as its own show, with its own identity. Only once it’s accomplished that would it need to establish its place in the lore.

It's been 10 years since Star Trek: Enterprise went off the air, and even with next year's 50th-anniversary film Star Trek Beyond hopefully righting some of the wrongs perpetrated by Star Trek Into Darkness, there's still a sense among fans that Trek works best on the small screen. Could Gummelt's pitch be the one to get Star Trek back on the air in some new form?

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