Paramout+ has announced a new Star Trek series for 2024: Starfleet Academy.
The series will follow the adventures of a new class of Starfleet cadets thru their studies. Produced by CBS Studios, the series will begin production in 2024 with no release date yet announced though expected late 2024 or early-mid 2025.
From the press release: “The series will introduce us to a young group of cadets who come together to pursue a common dream of hope and optimism. Under the watchful eyes of their instructors, they will discover what it takes to become Starfleet officers as they navigate blossoming friendships, explosive rivalries, first loves, and a new enemy that threatens both the Academy and the Federation itself.”
Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau will be co-showrunners and executive producers along with executive producers Gaia Violo, Aaron Baiers, Jenny Lumet, Rod Roddenberry (son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry), Trevor Roth, Frank Siracusa and John Weber. The premiere episode was written by Gaia Violo.
“We are excited to introduce ‘Star Trek’ fans to a whole new generation of Starfleet officers in training as they navigate the rigors of the Academy and the brink of adulthood in STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY,” said Domenic DiMeglio, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Data, Paramount Streaming. “Introducing new characters and compelling storylines, this all-new original series will serve as a fantastic addition to the franchise and Paramount+, bringing new generations of viewers and long-term ‘Star Trek’ fans alike together to enjoy the next chapter in the iconic ‘Star Trek’ universe.”
“As we continue to explore more of the ‘Star Trek’ universe, we’re thrilled to bring STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY to fans around the world as the next chapter in this expanding franchise,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Studios. “Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau’s vision is a smart and thrilling take that celebrates the core principles of what ‘Star Trek’ has always stood for, but through the eyes of the next generation of Starfleet’s leaders.”
The series will join Star Trek: Strange New Worlds which is expected to still be airing in 2025. Other current Star Trek series on Paramount+ include Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard (currently airing it’s 3rd and final season), and the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Prodigy.
Such a series was proposed many years ago before Star Trek: The Motion Picture even started filming and has resurfaced several times over the years with nothing ever materializing. This time, it looks like it actually will happen giving the franchise a younger cast to perhaps follow into feature films or other series in a few years. No word on if any of the previous cast will appear but it would certainly be a possibility as instructors or guest speakers from time to time.
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