Though it sounds illogical, it seems to be the real deal. TrekMovie.com is reporting that Michael Gummelt, owner and creator of Star Trek Uncharted, has been invited by Paramount Studios to pitch his idea for a new Star Trek series.
Such an opportunity is unprecedented. Fans have been hungry for a new Star Trek television program since Star Trek: Enterprise went off the air in 2005. The last two films have left the fanbase divided. Fan films have been made long before the creation of the Internet, even starring familiar faces like Walter Koenig and Tim Russ. Michael Dorn has been making statements about wanting to create a Captain Worf series.
However this is something new. Paramount Studios wanting a “sit down” to discuss the return of the franchise to television. Gummelt has not written for television, but was a writer at Raven Software for Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force. His concept is intriguing: a new series set in the future of all that’s gone before that doesn’t rely on any previous events. He goes on to say that he wants to “bring back that frontier ‘wagon train to the stars’ spirit of the original series. A real journey into the unknown.”
With ten years to mull the future of the franchise on television, this is a concept that’s been bandied about more than once on several online forums. Paramount must have seen something on the website, www.StarTrekUncharted.com, that they liked to invite Gummelt in. By working with known professionals for the last eight years at Bad Robot, maybe Paramount wants to see what some new party can bring to the table.
I’ve felt myself Star Trek starved since the end of Enterprise, and only the last two seasons of that show were good. With the popularity of online series and the juggernaut that Netflix has become, it seems reasonable to expect Star Trek to return in one form or another to the small screen. A limited run series, such as Daredevil or Sense8, seems the perfect way for the studio to return to the franchise.
Here’s hoping Mr. Gummelt is successful, or inspires Paramount to get cracking and launch a new series.
The original article at TrekMovie.com may be found at http://trekmovie.com/2015/06/18/paramount-acquires-startrekbeyond-com-invites-star-trek-beyond-fan-creator-to-pitch-tv-series/