On Screen: New Star Trek coming to TV and who might write it is surprising

We are all fans of something, but what would it be like to be such a fan that you are invited by the studio who makes the property you are so fanatic about to possibly write for a new show?  Well, if you are Michael Gummelt you have been given such an opportunity.

Mark Gummeit has been invited by Paramount Pictures to pitch a new Star Trek television series.  Gummelt recently revealed information on his incredible opportunity on his website Startrekuncharted.

“I can now officially announce that I do, indeed, have an invitation to come pitch Star Trek Uncharted at Paramount this summer! As far as I know, this is the first time a fan (not an established industry insider) has been invited to pitch a Star Trek TV series. This is, obviously, extremely exciting and I’m doing my best to get support for it from industry professionals. One of my concept cast members has read the script and expressed interest in supporting it, which is fantastic!”

On Gummeits site he discusses the evolution of bringing the franchise into the 21st century with a new crew, tech and of course a new Enterprise. On startrekuncharted.com some of Gummeits ideas are revealed some plot details and mission ideology behind this new series.

A mysterious signal is received from the Andromeda Galaxy, claiming to be from the creators of life in the Milky Way, and inviting us to come meet them.  Probes have returned successfully with data about Andromeda.

A new “space folding” technology developed– a Hyperwarp Gate constructed to warp jump 2.5 million light years to the Andromeda Galaxy.

A new USS Enterprise is built. It is the first ship to bear the name since the original Enterprise was destroyed in the Galactic War and the new Enterprise is tasked with the first mission To explore strange, new worlds. Seek out new life and new civilizations. To chart the Andromeda Galaxy and its inhabitants. Establish first contact.Form alliances and diplomatic relations and BOLDLY GO WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE.

Gummeit has been working on this project for several years and he goes on to explain “This concept has gone through a lot of different incarnations over the past 20 years since I first started working on it. But the way I look at it now is: it should, first and foremost, be a show that can stand on its own. It shouldn’t rely too heavily on any deep, intimate knowledge of every past Trek show and movie. It would be very tempting to put in all sorts of references and trivia that only fans like me would get. But for Trek to return to TV after so long, it needs to be reinvented for a new generation. Not a reboot, that’s already being done in the movies.  What I want for this series is for it to be the future – a Star Trek TV series that feels modern and feels futuristic relative to our current times. So, as I see it, “Star Trek Uncharted” is set sometime in the future, distant enough that it doesn’t really matter which universe it takes place in. It’s universe-agnostic. In my fantasy world where the series actually gets made, it would need to establish itself as its own show, with its own identity. Only once it’s accomplished that would it need to establish its place in the lore. In any case, I imagine it would be up to Paramount, CBS and Bad Robot to decide if they wanted to use it as a “shared universe” show along the lines of Agents of SHIELD.”

Star Trek has been a part of Television since the 1960’s and has aired a program since then, but it has been 10 years since the last show aired on TV.  Not since the ending of The Animated Series has it been off TV for so long.  in a stretch from ’74-’87 Star Trek has always been on the small screen  It was also after this stretch that a major change happened with in the series and when from TOS to the Next Generation and now its time for a new direction once again.

The Original Series (1966–69)
The Animated Series (1973–74)
The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Deep Space Nine (1993–99)
Voyager (1995–2001)
Enterprise (2001–05)


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