It’s hard to fathom now, but a decade ago, Star Trek felt like a dead franchise, with the last ongoing television series, Enterprise, having boldly gone under four years prior.
A year later and JJ Abrams’ bold big-screen reinvention of the original Trek would breathe new life into Gene Roddenberry’s creation, with Star Trek: Discovery finally bringing Starfleet back to television â€“ well, streaming â€“ in 2017.
Star Trek is officially back, and on fine form. But since then Discovery has undergone a behind-the-scenes overhaul, there are conversations about a fourth Abrams-produced Trek and a standalone film spin-off, plus reports of at least five new TV shows in development. It’s become rather tricky to keep track of where exactly the franchise is heading.
Here’s a quick and simple guide to all the various Trek projects in the works, and at various different stages, right now.
Star Trek on television
Star Trek: Discovery
After a shaky start which saw Bryan Fuller depart his post as showrunner, Trek‘s big TV comeback ended up proving a soaraway success, impressing the majority of fans and critics (at least once initial concerns surrounding the show’s dark tone had faded).
But then… a potential new crisis on the horizon! Fuller’s replacements, Gretchen J Berg and Aaron Harberts, abruptly exited midway through production of the new episodes. Alex Kurtzman, already an executive producer on the series, has stepped up as Discovery’s third showrunner… and the good news is that this switcheroo apparently hasn’t put a halt on production.
Season two is still expected to launch in 2019.
Captain Picard series â€“ with Patrick Stewart
Here’s where things go a bit mad. Shortly after it was announced he’d be taking the helm of Discovery, Kurtzman was also revealed to have signed a five-year deal to oversee and expand the Trek franchise for television.
One of the new series in development, according to The Hollywood Reporter, could see Sir Patrick Stewart reprise his role of The Next Generation‘s Captain Picard on-screen for the first time since 2002.
Before news of Kurtzman’s deal broke, Stewart had hinted at a possible return to Trek, saying he hadn’t watched Discovery but “may have good cause to look at it very soon”.
C’mon, CBS… make it so!