It seems like everyone has a pitch going for a new Star Trek series. But one may not be as fully realized as one by David Foster and the late Kevin Severson, which has been in development for years, but not yet presented to CBS Television.
Foster, talking to "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" writer Jack Trevino for TrekWeb, said his concept was developed ahead of J.J. Abrams' reboot, but would still fit well in the future Star Trek universe.
"The lesson should be that good writing will always draw audiences like moths to a flame," Foster said. "We can only hope that the next flame is written with a vision and vigor that resembles that of the latest movie, while remaining accessible to the fans on a wider reaching outlet than the ill-fated UPN."
Carrying a codename of "S.E.T.I.," Foster offers few details about his project. He will say that there is a plan for five or seven years, all the way up to a finale, that would "define Star Trek for generations."
The show would take place after "Star Trek: Voyager" in terms of Star Trek timelines, andy focus on Gene Roddenberry's "positive view of the future."
We "intend to bring Star Trek back to its origins while moving forward with the timeline, integrating the best aspects of each of the previous series," Foster said.
"The series is highly energized with a much younger cast, and uses cutting-edge future technologies with newly envisioned special effects and designs," he said. "It includes Klingons, Ferengi, Andorians, Vulcans, Trill and many more."
The Klingons, in particular, have become "restless" since the Praxis explosion of 1991's "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" forced them to the peace table, Foster said. At the same time, the Ferengi have found a new resource that would make them very powerful (and rich, of course).
Foster owns 1947 Entertainment Inc., but outside of working with Richard Hatch on his "Battlestar Galactica: Second Coming" trailer, has had limited Hollywood experience. He does, however, count himself a huge Star Trek fan, dating back to seeing "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" on cable television in the early 1980s, according to his production company's website.
Severson, who also had a limited entertainment background, died in 2010 after suffering a stroke. He was just 45.
Foster: In 2006, Kevin Severson and I co-created our Trek series idea. It went through various stages of development over recent years. In September 2010, Kevin Severson died suddenly from a stroke. He left behind his wife and two children, his friends and family, and a dream that has yet to be fully realized, though Kevin was already living his dream during the development of this series.
On his website describing "S.E.T.I.," Foster says he is working in tandem with people who have experience on shows such as Star Trek, "Chuck," the Twilight saga as well as "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." The show is inspired by the works of Roddenberry, Joss Whedon, Ronald D. Moore, Manny Coto and J. Michael Straczynski.
But if they could convince CBS to let them do this series -- and that seems a long shot at this point -- what would fans expect?
"If evil wore a face of a hero, would you recognize it? If freedom came in the likes of your oppressors, would you accept it? If you were your own enemy, who would be victorious?"
Although the TrekWeb story indicates that CBS is not interested in developing a Star Trek series at the same time Abrams is making his movie, several news outlets close to the Trek production universe -- including Airlock Alpha -- have heard the exact opposite. The television series and movie franchise are completely separate, with Paramount Pictures handling the films and CBS Television the potential series.
There have been rumors, especially in the last few months, that something is in the works when it comes to Star Trek and television, although not much else has been gleaned. If there is a television series in the works, it is not the one from Foster and Severson. Foster says he has not pitched his concept to CBS Television.
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