It looks like Alex Kurtzman will continue to take the Star Trek franchise even further. The Star Trek: Discovery executive producer has renewed his deal with ViacomCBS and will continue working on more projects for the studios.
Variety has confirmed that Kurtzman will extend his exclusive overall TV deal with the ViacomCBS units. This means that Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout banner will continue churning out more Star Trek content until 2026.
George Cheeks, president and CEO of CBS, expressed his admiration for Kurtzman.
"Alex's vision and leadership of the Star Trek franchise and his ability to create artistic and commercial series across all platforms put him in a special class of creative talent," Cheeks said. He then added that Kurtzman's contribution to the studio is truly a big deal.
"His substantial accomplishments at CBS and the spirit of collaboration we enjoy with his team are greatly valued and we are excited to build on his already impressive slate far into the future," Cheeks stated.
It's great to know that Kurtzman will continue working on more Star Trek content. After all, there are still a lot of projects that Trekkies are looking forward to. For instance, the Discovery spin-off focusing on Section 31 has yet to be officially announced. Nevertheless, it could finally move forward now that Kurtzman is staying with CBS.
It was previously confirmed by Kurtzman that Section 31 is still in early development and he has already read a few scripts for the show. He also confirmed that the main problem had been scheduling, which was affected greatly by COVID-19. In addition to that, lead star Michelle Yeoh has been getting new projects so they will need to figure out a way to work around her schedule.
Kurtzman is the creator of virtually every Star Trek series right now except for the animated shows Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Prodigy (he does serve as executive producer of the shows). He is currently working on Star Trek: Picard Season 2 as well as Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
For now, Kurtzman's next Star Trek projects have not yet been officially announced. However, there is a huge possibility that we will be getting more updates within the next few months. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.