While prolific writer/producer Alex Kurtzman had no doubt planned on spending more time in the interconnected series of Dark Universe movies in the wake of The Mummy (which he directed), it appears Kurtzman’s next project is a bit smaller in scale. The Mummy was intended to be the first in a series of interconnected Universal Monsters movies, with Bride of Frankenstein and The Invisible Man in active development. But the Tom Cruise-fronted film was a bust at the box office and garnered scathing reviews from critics, and just like that these big overarching plans were gone.
Kurtzman oversaw the creation and development of the Dark Universe with Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious), but last November it was announced that Kurtzman and Morgan were departing their roles and Universal may be pulling the plug on the Dark Universe altogether.
Now, however, Kurtzman is turning his attention back to the small screen as Variety reports that he’ll direct the Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 premiere. Kurtzman had a strong hand in bringing Star Trek Discovery to fruition as co-creator of the series, taking a more active handle on the show when original showrunner Bryan Fuller departed during development. Kurtzman co-wrote the series premiere of the CBS All Access series, and fans of the show are eager to see what Season 2 brings as the Season 1 finale announced the arrival of the Enterprise. How will Discovery deal with canon and will we see any Star Trek: Enterprise characters surface? We’ll have to wait to find out.
Kurtzman has been involved with the Star Trek franchise for a long time, serving as producer and co-writer of J.J. Abrams’ 2009 feature film reboot and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. He was enlisted to co-create the franchise’s return to the small screen with Discovery, and this Season 2 premiere will mark his directorial debut on the series.
As for Kurtzman’s career on the big screen, that remains to be seen. He directed the indie People Like Us in 2012, but always had his eye on a major blockbuster for his next film as he was originally in line to direct Venom for Sony. A return to Discovery seems like a smart move for now, and it’ll be interesting to see if Kurtzman just focuses on that show for a bit or if he’ll be returning to the big screen sooner rather than later.