In a recent interview with Trek Web, David Foster talked about a new Star Trek TV series that he’s been developing for around five years now.
Foster began secretly developing the revival in 2006 with Kevin Severson, who sadly passed away in 2010. But Foster has continued developing the project, and recently answered a few questions about his plans at the recent Creation Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Though the series itself is still a ways off from becoming a reality, Foster has big plans, and has a nice little package set up and almost ready to pitch to interested parties. Said package includes an entirely planned out (though open to change, if called for) 5–7 season series with a pilot episode script and a “…conceptualized finale that intends to define Star Trek for generations.” He also has full character bios, designs for both ships and costumes, and more all ready to go.
As for the timeline of the show and what it will be about, Foster says:
The series is set in the post-Voyager era, and is designed to return Star Trek to its original series roots in big and mighty ways, without disregarding the other series and movies. As Star Trek (2009) was an alternate timeline, it will not conflict with any canon there either. The co-creators are avid believers in Gene Roddenberry’s ‘positive view of the future’ and intend to bring Star Trek back to its origins while moving forward with the timeline, integrating the best aspects of each of the previous series.
The series is highly energized with a much younger cast, and uses cutting-edge future technologies with newly envisioned special effects and designs. It includes Klingons, Ferengi, Andorians, Vulcans, Trill, and many more. The Klingons are getting very restless since the Praxis incident forced them to come to the peace tables, and are tired of having to rely on the Federation for support. The Ferengi have discovered a vast new resource that has propelled them towards instant riches and power beyond anything they have previously experienced.
He goes on to say that there is plenty of support for his endeavor, including producers, writers, and visual effects artist of past Trek projects, and that he’s currently looking for the right executive producer to bring on board.
Foster was hoping to producer a pitch trailer specifically for visually showing potential networks when he’s ready to make the move, but that’s proven too difficult thus far.
Still, he shared his own version of a teaser in the way of words:
If evil wore the face of a hero, would you recognize it? If freedom came in the likeness of your oppressors, would you accept it? If you were your own enemy, who would be victorious?
I know it’s sacrilegious, but I’ve never been a fan of anything Star Trek…not until J.J. Abrams’ ’09 flick, which I greatly enjoyed. Because of that, as an outsider to that fanbase, I can say I’d be intrigued by a new TV series, if done right. And with Foster listing off people like Joss Whedon (Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Manny Coto (Dexter, 24, Enterprise), and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Changeling, World War Z) as inspirations, I’m certainly intrigued.
But it doesn’t really matter what I think—what do you the faithful fans think of the idea of a brand new Star Trek series finally coming back to TV, and what network do you want to see it on?