So you’ve probably heard there’s a new Star Trek series being planned for 2017 and have already started planning your opening show celebrations. Well hold your horses, sweet cheeks. If you are NOT from the US you need to look at the problem that’s hiding in plain sight. It’s going to be released exclusively on CBS then CBS All Access… at first.
The article does mention though that it will be distributed “concurrently” around the world by CBS Studios International although it is not clear when that will be or in what context they mean by concurrently. The two main interpretations I can think of are the preferred option of having worldwide distribution at the same time as the CBS and CBS All Access release…although I think that is unlikely. The next interpretation is that the distribution to the rest of the NON-US world will happen concurrently after the CBS and CBS All Access release.
We did notice that the article is quite heavy on the marketing hype for CBS All Access so if I were a betting man I would guess that the second interpretation is more likely, distribution would take place via CBS All Access first to maximise revenue. Given that CBS All Access is a US only product it is likely the UK will lag behind significantly once again, I’m very happy to be proven wrong though.
“We’ve experienced terrific growth for CBS All Access, expanding the service across affiliates and devices in a very short time. We now have an incredible opportunity to accelerate this growth with the iconic Star Trek, and its devoted and passionate fan base, as our first original series.” – Marc DeBevoise, Executive Vice President/General Manager – CBS Digital Media.
That aside, what details do we have of the new series? Frankly, not a lot. There’s plenty of speculation around at the time of this blog however the facts are simply this:
- The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.
- Alex Kurtzman will serve as executive producer for the series. Kurtzman co-wrote and produced the blockbuster films Star Trek (2009) with Roberto Orci, and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) with Orci and Damon Lindelof. Both films were produced and directed by J.J. Abrams.
Finally, we’d just like to say that despite the critique here, we are actually happy a new series is being penned but share the concern of many other fans throughout the world. We don’t want to have significant delays in distribution and we also hope that the series has a good level of quality to it rather than become an example of purely using Star Trek as a marketing ploy for a US domestic market streaming service.