Star Trek is already giving us an animated show in the form of Lower Decks, but it looks like they want to release something more kid-oriented with this new Nickelodeon series.
According to Deadline, Nickelodeon is gearing up to release the CG-animated Star Trek: Prodigy, and the show will be coming from Trollhunters writers Kevin and Dan Hageman with Ramsey Naito (The Boss Baby) overseeing the project.
Here's the logo:
Unlike Lower Decks, Prodigy will be more child-oriented. We don't know what the series will look like yet, but with a release set for 2021, I suspect we would get our first look before the year ends.
I have to say, Star Trek has always been an adult series, and that's why Star Wars manages to capture more fans—because it's so easy to get into. With Prodigy, there's potential for the franchise to get hold of a younger fanbase, and those kid Trekkies will be able to grow up, buy merch, and consume more Trek material in the future as well.
If anything, I'm expecting Prodigy to run like The Clone Wars and other animated Star Wars shows; they're going to start off generally for kids, and as each season passes, more mature themes will be explored and darker stories could take place. It's one of those shows that you expect to grow with the audience. Then again, they'll have to make sure it's a hit first.
Star Trek: Prodigy is set to hit Nickelodeon sometime in 2021.