As part of Alex Kurtzman's expanded Star Trek universe, the animated television series Star Trek: Prodigy debuted in 2021 and follows a group of young aliens who find the abandoned starship named USS Protostar. Prodigy, the tenth Star Trek series in the franchise, is the first Star Trek installment intended for younger audiences and to use only 3D animation. As it continues to gain widespread recognition, the show’s creators tried to be ambitious and shared their visions to expand the narrative's length and scope, such as through a live-action feature film.
During a conversation on the latest episode of the Mission Log podcast, co-creators and co-showrunners Dan and Kevin Hageman expressed hope and discussed the possibility of a Star Trek: Prodigy film if the stars align.
“All our heads are always in the clouds here. Like we want to do an animated movie. I would love for the show to keep going for many, many seasons… Not just an animated feature, but if you could do a live-action feature it would be absolutely stunning. So we have lofty ambitions.” said Kevin.
He continued, “So we’re pushing as hard as we can. And everyone at the network and the studio have been so supportive, so wonderful. They love our show. Notes are so minimal… If the viewers are there, then the show will keep going. But if the viewership isn’t there, if the numbers aren’t there, it’s going to be hard to convince the studio.”
Following the announcement of Star Trek 4 by Paramount Pictures in April 2022, with the belated live-action sequel slated for release in June 2023 and the production being canceled entirely in September 2022, the franchise's big screen future is uncertain, and other Star Trek projects cannot be guaranteed for securement. That is why the Hageman brothers' ambitions may or may not have come true.
With season 2 of Prodigy in the works, the siblings also talked about what fans can expect in the second season and summed up how the upcoming twenty episodes are different from the first season of Prodigy.
“Season 1, if you boil it down, it’s about a bunch of kids who steal a ship and the adventures that unfold. In season 2, we just felt like what’s the next step of evolution of youth, of education, of growing up? And they’re going to earn a ship in season 2.” shared Kevin.
As fans wait for the release of the second season and the green light for the third one, Star Trek: Prodigy Season 1 is currently streaming on Paramount+.
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