17th May 2020
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
CBS All Access has revealed plans for a new spin-off series of Star Trek, titled Strange New Worlds.
The show will focus on the character of Christopher Pike – who precedes James Kirk as captain of the USS Enterprise – as well as Number One and Spock. Christopher Pike appeared in "The Cage", pilot episode of the original Star Trek, which first aired in 1965. He subsequently featured in Star Trek: Discovery, portrayed by Anson Mount.
Mount will reprise his role as Captain Pike in Strange New Worlds. Likewise, Number One is again being played by Rebecca Romijn and Spock by Ethan Peck. Strange New Worlds will follow the crew in the decade before Kirk boarded the Enterprise, as they explore new worlds around the galaxy. This suggests a timeframe setting of the 2250s or early 2260s.
The series premiere will be written by Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery, and Star Trek: Picard), among others. The executive producers who are listed include Rod Roddenberry (son of the original Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry), alongside Alex Kurtzman (executive producer of the franchise since 2009) and Henry Alonso Myers. No premiere date is available yet, with TV and film production only recently beginning to start up again, following an almost total shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"When we said we heard the fans' outpouring of love for Pike, Number One and Spock when they boarded Star Trek: Discovery last season, we meant it," said Kurtzman. "These iconic characters have a deep history in the Star Trek canon, yet so much of their stories has yet to be told. With Akiva and Henry at the helm, the Enterprise, its crew and its fans are in for an extraordinary journey to new frontiers within the Star Trek universe."