Archive for March 27th, 2015
Update 3/28: io9 reports that this is false…
There is a warm rumor being reported by The Nerdist that CBS is prepping a return of Star Trek to television, roughly 10 years after it left our TVs and eventually into a movie series reboot.
According to the article, CBS may be dusting off one of the two competing ideas presented after Enterprise was canceled. One, presented by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) and Bryce Zabel (Dark Skies), would have rebooted the original series, but that job has now been done in the J.J. Abrams films.
The other, from along with Bryan Singer (X-Men) and novelist Geoffrey Thorne, wouldn’t have affected any of the past series, instead being set further into the future. Star Trek: Federation would have been set in a time where the Federation had grown bloated and complacent; the races have evolved, and the spirit of adventure seems to have been lost, when an attack from a new enemy snaps them out of it.
Now it seems that Bryan Singer may be attached at some level to a development plan for Star Trek, which could see the return of Star Trek: Federation, while at the same time other big names like Rob Burnett and Ralph McQuarrie may be involved as well.
We probably won’t hear anything certain until the next movie is out, but CBS sounds eager…
First, there was the Marvel Cinematic Universe…then, Disney re-invigorated and extended Star Wars…and Warner Bros has been rallying around their Justice League plans. Now paramount wants in on the mega-franchise phenomenon. Could it be Star Trek? Not quite (but more on that in another story…), but it certainly could be more than meets they eye…
Word is that Paramount Pictures has tapped Akiva Goldsman to start planning with director Michael Bay and lay out the groundwork to transform their Transformers franchise, with an epic core and spin-off movies, similar to what Disney is doing for Star Wars.
Despite the almost universal criticism for the most recent installment, it was still one of the top grossing films of 2014, so its no wonder that Paramount is trying this…but hopefully they come up with better stories before the allspark loses power…
The news came from creator and producer Robert Kirkman himself via Twitter:
IT'S OFFICIAL! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015
The companion show will be set in Los Angeles and have all new characters. It stars Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey. Co-creator/co-writer (with Robert Kirkman) Dave Erickson will executive produce and act as showrunner. The Walking Dead production gang of Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert will also executive produce.