The sequel to the last Star Trek movie, Star Trek: Beyond, only known as Star Trek 4, is now officially dead.
Paramount is going a step further, according to the article below, and saying they are no longer in the business of making Star Trek movies. Just not enough interest. Ouch.
Talking about the state of Star Trek at Paramount our source says, “Paramount is no longer in the business of making Star Trek movies. They see it more as a television property and aren’t willing to invest in future Star Trek movies anymore. If one of the shows on CBS takes off that could change, but those shows aren’t generating enough interest.”Exclusive: Star Trek 4 Is Cancelled, Paramount No Longer Making Star Trek Movies
Whatever Trek TV series that generates enough interest for a film remains to be seen. Nothing currently in play seems to count, which includes everything Alex Kurtzman is involved with.
Our guess is it’s not going to be a movie based on the animated TV show Star Trek: Lower Decks. We are in the process of reviewing the first season and it’s been more of a job at times than fun. That’s a nice way of saying the show isn’t very good. Instead of recommending anybody see that, go see the original animated series from 1973. We’re going to be reviewing that on Saturdays after the first season of Scooby Doo is fully reviewed. Have a few more episodes of that to get through and then that will start.
As for Lower Decks? Might be bailing on that like we did with Picard (see: Done Watching and Reviewing Star Trek: Picard). Even though it’s coming from Mike McMahan (see: Hey Trekkies, Mike McMahan is one of you), the wizard behind the much funnier Rick and Morty, Lower Decks just fails to find a humorous groove. At times it is entertaining, which is more than could have been said about Picard, but it’s not something I look forward to watching every week. For that reason, we might be done reviewing that series. Have tried to watch episode 7 multiple times but the character Beckett Mariner is so annoying it just has me changing channels.
This leaves Star Trek: Strange New Worlds as the next TV series in development. That’s going to take us back to Captain Pike and pre-TOS (The Original Series). Will that be any good? Kurtzman has promised it will be an alien and/or new planet of the week story, instead of the continuing storyline like Picard. Will it be optimistic and hopeful or dark and dreary? That’s the million dollar quesion.
Alex Kurtzman is two years into his five year deal making Star Trek for CBS. Since he’s the showrunner, the blame for the lackluster Trek needs to reside with him.
Until Star Trek gets back to doing what made it special, and perhaps that doesn’t happen with Kurtzman, we shouldn’t expect any significant surge in interest. Hardcore fans are even struggling to enjoy Kurtzman Trek. It does make a difference who is in the driver’s seat of these series.