The Star Trek universe continues to expand as yet another animatd project is added to the slate. In much the same way that the Star Wars galaxy has ballooned in the last five years, so Trek swells as well, with CBS announcing a kid-focused animated show destined for Nickelodeon.
CBS Television Studios officially announced the greenlight of a new animated Star Trek which will debut exclusively on Nickelodeon. Touted as an opportunity to expand Star Trek for a new generation of fans, the show is being developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters and Ninjago).
According to CBS, the new untitled original CG animated series follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning, and salvation.
The series will be from CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Television Studios’ new animation arm; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers alongside Kevin and Dan Hageman. Aaron Baiers will serve as a co-executive producer.
And executive producer Alex Kurtzman seemed excited by the possibilities the show presents.
“‘Star Trek’s’ mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future. Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honors its exploratory spirit in a way that’s never been done before, while the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing ‘Trek’ to a younger generation around the world.”
“‘Star Trek,’ Nickelodeon, and the state of animation are doing incredibly ambitious things as of late. We couldn’t be more excited to jump aboard,” said Dan and Kevin Hageman.
“Partnering with CBS Television Studios and the creative masterminds behind the ‘Star Trek’ franchise is an incredible opportunity and allows our audience to discover rich characters and new stories,” said Naito. “‘Star Trek’ is a franchise loved by generations of fans around the globe, and adding Nickelodeon as home to the next animated series is a perfect fit.”
The new show joins Discovery, Picard, Section 31 and fellow adult-targeted animated show Lower Decks on the CBS slate, not to mention the rumoured Khan mini series and a Starfleet Academy project. Very soon, we will have had as many 'new' Trek series as the past half century have given us. What a time to be a Star Trek fan.