Producer Alex Kurtzman really seems to want to expand Star Trek on the small screen. CBS' streaming series Star Trek: Discovery is headed toward a second season, and has already spun-off live-action shorts called Star Trek: Short Treks. In the future, a new series featuring Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation is in the works, and last October a new comedy animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks was revealed.
It looks like Kurtzman is all in on animation as more cartoons are in the future for Star Trek. Streaming service CBS All Access is ordering two more installments of Star Trek: Short Treks, but this time they will be animated. No word on the theme for each of these installments, but they will show up after the second season of Star Trek: Discovery streams. There also may be another animated series for CBS All Access, but no information was revealed about that.
Another animated series that is being worked on will focus on a younger audience, aka. kids. No real details about the plot or universe of the kid-friendly Trek was revealed, but Kurtzman's interest in animated Trek comes from a different science fiction universe:
"I go back to my childhood and Luke Skywalker, the [Star Wars] farm boy who looks out at the twin suns of Tatooine and imagines his future. Trek never gave me that. Trek was always fully formed adults, already in Starfleet and people who have decided who they are. And it never was aspirational that way" … "It's important to me to find a way to go back and reach younger kids in a way that Trek should and never really has."
Interestingly, Kurtzman also hinted that this animated effort might not be exclusive to CBS All Access.
Seems like a lot of Cartoon Trek is on the way… Will you be onboard?