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Alex Kurtzman Reveals More Animated Star Trek Projects Are in the Works

January 9, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Star Trek producer and writer Alex Kurtzman revealed that more animated Star Trek TV projects in the works are in the works, along with the previously announced half-hour comedy series, Star Trek: Lower Decks. Mike McMahan is working on the half-hour animated comedy series.

According to Kurzman, there will be two other new animated shows that are in the works for CBS All Access. Kurtzman stated on the subject: “Our goal is to not only expand the definition of Star Trek and what has qualified as traditional Star Trek, but also to tell stories that are both self-contained in a very short period of time that also connect to the larger picture of what we’re doing, not only in Discovery but in the world building of Trek in general. And you get to tell these very intimate, emotional stories that are side stories to characters. So you get the benefit of the experience in and of itself but then when you watch Discovery you’ll see that these were all setting up things in the world of season two.”

He added that there would be at least two animated shows. Kurzman continued, “What’s exciting about it is not only looking at each animated series as what’s the different tone, but what’s the different technology we can apply to these things so that visually they’re entirely different?”

Kurtzman said he and his crew want to make content “that feels right” for the franchise, including making another animated series aimed at a younger demographic. He went on, “It’s important to me to find a way to go back and reach younger kids in a way that Trek should and never really has.”

Star Trek: Discovery will return for its second season on January 17 on CBS All Access.