Since Star Trek: Enterprise met its demise back in 2005, there hasn’t been another series set in the infinite frontier to keep the long-running franchise alive on television. Of course, with J.J. Abrams bringing a whole new group of fans around to the classic sci-fi characters and settings, maybe the time is right for another new Star Trek series. At least that’s what David Foster of 1947 Entertainment is thinking, and Trek Web (via /Film) caught up with the man himself at the 2011 Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas where he carefully divulged some new information about the progressions of the fully developed series, how it throws back to Gene Roddenberry’s original vision and some vague plot details. See what he had to say after the jump.
As far as how the new series is being envisioned, Foster seems to have a big plan, which only makes sense considering he started developing the project under the code name S.E.T.I. back in 2006 with Kevin Severson, a man who has since sadly passed away after having a stroke last year. Here’s how Foster has says the series has developed:
The series concept is fully developed, subject to change of course, with a solid 5-7 year series plan, pilot script and a conceptualized finale that intends to define Star Trek for generations, extensive character bios, costume and ship/set designs, and more. This is a drastic departure from the typical 8-10 page treatment of the previously pitched Star Trek series ideas that have not included even a pilot script.
But the series isn’t exactly meant to be a remake of the older series, or even keep the old-fashioned style from Roddenberry’s original vision. Foster says:
The series is highly energized with a much younger cast, and uses cutting-edge future technologies with newly envisioned special effects and designs. It includes Klingons, Ferengi, Andorians, Vulcans, Trill, and many more. The Klingons are getting very restless since the Praxis incident forced them to come to the peace tables, and are tired of having to rely on the Federation for support. The Ferengi have discovered a vast new resource that has propelled them towards instant riches and power beyond anything they have previously experienced.
And if that’s not enough to get Trek fans excited, Foster offered up a sort of logline/tagline that really gets me pumped about a new Star Trek series: “If evil wore the face of a hero, would you recognize it? If freedom came in the likeness of your oppressors, would you accept it? If you were your own enemy, who would be victorious?” Of course, the project isn’t exactly in active development as it needs an executive producer to be at the helm before it would get pitched to CBS. Honestly, with the audiences that turned out for Abrams’ Star Trek in 2009, this could be the best time for more journeys with the starship Enterprise.