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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

CBS To Expand Star Trek With Alex Kurtzman

Alex Kurtzman is sticking with CBS.

The executive producer behind Star Trek Discovery has inked a massive $25-Million five-year extension with the studio. This keeps Kurtzman at CBS through 2023.

Under the new deal, Kurtzman will serve as the lone showrunner on Star Trek Discovery, and will see him also expand the Star Trek franchise for the small screen, developing new series, miniseries and other content, including animation. One of these projects is said to see the return of Patrick Stewart to the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Not much is known about this reboot, but sources say a deal is far from complete. Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman are also attached.

"There is a very short list of writer-producer-directors that every film and television studio wants to be associated with, and Alex and his Secret Hideout team are always at the top," CBS Television Studios president David Stapf said in a statement. "His talent, taste and ability to shepherd a successful project is unparalleled. Alex has done remarkable work for our studio, dating back seven years to the launch of Hawaii Five-0, and we are thrilled that he, [Secret Hideout president] Heather [Kadin] and their team will be partnering with us for a long time to come."

This marks Kurtzman's second solo deal with the studio after splitting from former producing partner Roberto Orci back in 2016. He now joins a roster of producers at CBS that includes Jerry Bruckheimer, Peter Lenkov, Aline Brosh McKenna and Robert and Michelle King.

How would you like to see Kurtzman expand the Star Trek franchise at CBS?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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