The Star Trek universe is set for another expansion as Nickelodeon and CBS Television Studios announced the latest installment in the Star Trek saga, a CG-animated series that focuses on a group of teens that stumble onto an old abandoned Starfleet ship. The teens use the ship to “search for adventure, meaning, and salvation,” to quote Will Thorne from Variety magazine who announced the news earlier today.
The series is being created by the Emmy award winning team of Kevin and Dan Hageman, the duo that gave us Trollhunters, in partnership with Eye Animation Productions, Secret Hideout, and Roddenberry Entertainment. Executive vice president of animation production at Nickelodeon, Ramsey Naito, will oversee production of the show.
Alex Kurtzman and Rod Roddenberry will serve as executive producers with the Hagemans and several others. Kurtzman signed onto CBS TV last year to run the helm of all Star Trek TV projects for the next five years. When asked about the Nickelodeon project he said, “the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing ‘Trek’ to a younger generation around the world.”
The Nickelodeon series is actually the second Star Trek animated series to be greenlit. Star Trek: Lower Decks is geared to a more mature audience and will focus on the support crew on one of Starfleet’s lesser star ships. All Access has granted a two year run to Lower Decks.
These latest announcements from CBS TV Studios highlight the commitment it has made to broaden the Star Trek universe. In addition to Star Trek: Discovery, All Access has two other shows in development. An as yet untitled project that focuses on Jean-Luc Picard and another that focuses on Michelle Yeoh’s character on Discovery.
All this is great news for fans who have no need to worry that their favorite franchise is in danger of flying off to another galaxy. Thanks to CBS TV and Nickelodeon, the next generation (pun definitely intended) of Star Trek fans have a lot to look forward to.