Seemingly unhappy with the damage Alex Kurtzman has already done to the franchise in his quest to turn it “into something it’s never been before,” CBS reportedly opted to provide him with even more fuel to burn, announcing that not only they greenlit another Star Trek series under his studio’s direction, but that the still-missing Section 31 spin-off series is still in active development.
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Reporting on alleged word from their sources, Deadline revealed in a Feb. 1 exclusive that CBS’ new Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, like the 1990s PC game it shares a name with, would be “established among college cadets being mentored for leadership roles in the United Federation of Planets space force.
According to the Entertainment Trade Journal, “Absentia co-creator Gaia Violo is currently working on a take for the project.”
Deadline also noted that Starfleet Academy will be the next Star Trek project to go into production after Section 31, which their sources added “should be picked up soon.”
Section 31, which has gone through varying levels of development since it was first announced in 2019, was confirmed by Paramount+ president of the original scripted series Nichole Clemens during a Television Critics Association executive session held on Jan. 27.
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“We’re still in development on Section 31, so there will be more news on that soon,” she said.
As of this writing, little is known about Section 31 aside from the fact that it will center on Philippa Georgiou’s mirror universe version of Michelle Yeoh, herself an agent of the eponymous organization. black ops.
Kurtzman himself discussed the development of the spin-off – and possibly that of Starfleet Academy – during a Star Trek: Strange New Worlds panel hosted by the TCA later the same day, teasing that his team wasn’t working. only on section 31, but also “another series” that he wanted to keep “mouth shut” for the moment.
“We have to think over several years,” he explained. “We think we know we’ll want new shows airing in two or three years, so we need to start planning them now.”
“There’s a bunch of stuff in development that’s starting to take shape and we’re super excited about it,” he concluded.
The new Star Trek series, Strange New Worlds, is set to air on May 5.
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