Alex Kurtzman and CBS TV Studios have set the latest extension of the beloved Star Trek TV franchise. Nickelodeon is said to be in negotiations for a Star Trek animated series from Emmy-winning writers Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters, Ninjago), CBS TV Studios and Kurtzman’s studio-based Secret Hideout banner, Deadline reports.
Penned by the Hageman brothers, the animated series is targeted at younger audiences. Because of that, it would be the first new Star Trek project outside of CBS All Access, which has an adult focus.
The project, whose concept and plot is being kept under wraps for now, is envisioned as a major tentpole series for Nickelodeon under its new president Brian Robbins, who was brought in in October to lead the kid-centric Viacom brand amid declining linear ratings and shifting viewing habits. It also marks a collaboration between Viacom and CBS Corp companies that likely will become corporate siblings as their parents are headed to a merger.
The new animated series will join Star Trek: Discovery, now in its second season, along with Picard (working title) that will see the return of Patrick Stewart (American Dad) as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard; animated series Lower Decks from Mike McMahan (Rick & Morty) targeted at mature audiences, which received a two-season order in October 2018; and Section 31, which is in development with Michelle Yeoh attached to star. All are for CBS All Access. Star Trek: Lower Decks will focus on the the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships. Star Trek: Section 31 will be centered on Michelle Yeoh’s Discovery character and her work for the mysterious Section 31.
Kevin and Dan Hageman’s writing credits include The Lego Movie, The Lego Ninjago Movie, Hotel Transylvania, and the Trollhunters and Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu series. They most recently co-wrote the screenplay for Croods 2, which is currently shooting. They are repped by WME and Underground Management.
CBS TV Studios has been steadily building out its slate of Star Trek projects since the launch of Star Trek: Discovery in September 2017. Producer Alex Kurtzman signed a five-year deal at the studio last summer to oversee all Star Trek TV projects.
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