Thursday, 30 March 2023

STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY greenlit at Paramount+

Paramount have greenlit a new Star Trek series. Just days after confirming third and fifth seasons respectively for Strange New Worlds and Lower Decks, they have now confirmed a new Trek series altogether is in the offing.

Starfleet Academy will follow a group of Starfleet cadets as they come of age and uncover a threat to the Federation. There also indications that the show may feature legacy Star Trek characters as instructors at the Academy, either as recurring or regular characters.

Starfleet Academy does not have a confirmed time setting, as yet. A prior version of the show was actually in development set in the 32nd Century timeframe of Star Trek: Discovery's latter seasons, but it is unclear if this is still the plan, or the new show will be set in the time period of Star Trek: Picard or earlier.

No cast or crew has been announced yet, beyond current head-of-franchise Alex Kurtzman and Nancy Drew writer Noga Landau, who will serve as co-showrunners.

It's been a long road for this particular idea. Gene Roddenberry floated the idea of a Starfleet Academy show in the mid-1970s, featuring younger versions of Kirk, Spock and McCoy. The idea resurfaced during the Rick Berman era, although ultimately they preferred to periodically visit the Academy for single episodes rather than have a full show set there.

The show is anticipated to begin filming in 2024, probably for a 2025 debut.

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