Star Trek fans are in for a treat as Paramount+ announces the development of a new Star Trek film that will kick off “Phase 2” of its modern Star Trek television franchise. This new film is set to be based on the long-gestating Section 31 spinoff series that was originally intended to be a streaming show. According to sources, the idea for the movie was conceived by Alex Kurtzman, the franchise’s boss, who wanted to shift the focus to tentpole films.
The new movie will be led by Michelle Yeoh, who made her Star Trek debut as Captain Philippa Georgiou in the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery. Yeoh’s character was killed off early on in the series, but she returned to play her Mirror-Universe counterpart, Emperor Philippa Georgiou, in subsequent seasons. Plans were announced in 2019 for Yeoh to reprise her role as Mirror Georgiou and lead a Discovery spinoff series focused on Section 31, Starfleet’s black-ops division. Kurtzman would return as an executive producer, with Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt as showrunners.
However, due to concerns about the oversaturation of Star Trek streaming shows, the plans for the Section 31 spinoff series were reworked into a tentpole film. Kurtzman and his team plan to release a new Paramount+-exclusive Star Trek film every two years as part of their vision for the franchise post-Discovery and post-Picard. This new film will be the first Star Trek feature to hit screens since 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, and the first to spin directly out of a TV show since 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis.
Yeoh’s Section 31 streaming film will serve as the maiden voyage for the second phase of Star Trek on Paramount+. This announcement comes at a time when the Star Trek TV franchise is in a transitional period, with Star Trek: Picard ending after three seasons and Discovery ending after its fifth season. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, a Discovery spinoff, is set to debut its second season on Paramount+ this summer, with a third season already in the works. Additionally, the animated shows Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Prodigy are gearing up for new seasons on Paramount+ as well. A Star Trek series focusing on Starfleet Academy was also recently given a series order.
The Star Trek franchise has been a mainstay in science fiction for over 50 years, and this new development shows that it is still going strong. With a new movie based on the Section 31 spinoff and a clear vision for the future of the franchise, fans can look forward to many more years of exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations, and boldly going where no one has gone before.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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