Greetings and Salutations Once Again Audience,
In 1966, Gene Roddenberry’s long-gestating science fiction series Star Trek premiered on NBC. The series quickly earned a small but dedicated fanbase throughout the first season. When NBC threatened cancellation, that fanbase united under fan Bjo Trimble to conduct a massive letter-writing campaign that ultimately saved the series.Though the show only lasted two more seasons, subsequent reruns helped earn it a cult following.
There hasn’t been a new television series since Star Trek: Enterprise was Cancelled in 2005.TrekMovie.com reports that Paramount Pictures has invited Gummelt a big fan to pitch a new Star Trek TV series. Over the last twenty years, Gummelt has worked on creating the series known as Star Trek Uncharted and building support for the concept online. This marks the first time that an enthusiast rather than a professional has been given the opportunity to pitch their show at Paramount.
Gummelt describes his series as an attempt to bring the concepts that everyone loved about Star Trek into the 21st century. The series would be an optimistic look at the future while introducing new technology and a diverse crew. Gummelt recently announced the pitch meeting that’s set to happen this summer.
“I can now officially announce that I do, indeed, have an invitation to come pitch Star Trek Uncharted at Paramount this summer! As far as I know, this is the first time a fan (not an established industry insider) has been invited to pitch a Star Trek TV series. This is obviously extremely exciting and I’m doing my best to get support for it from industry professionals.”
“I think when the rumors of the naming coincidence came out, Paramount saw my website and the passion I had for Star Trek and the idea of it returning to TV, and for my specific concept. I think they felt I would gladly jump at an opportunity to come in and pitch it… which, of course, I did! I’m not under any illusions about my chances (and I realize CBS has the rights to produce any new Star Trek TV series), but it’s a chance of a lifetime and I have nothing to lose. I have a great job and a great life, so why not take the chance?”
The series picks up 200 years after the adventures of Captain Kirk and the original crew of the Enterprise. A signal is received from the Andromeda Galaxy, from a species claiming to be the creators of all life in the Milky Way. With the invention of new interstellar travel technology, probes have successfully returned with data from the Andromeda Galaxy. A new USS Enterprise is constructed to explore this new galaxy and establish first contact with the messengers.
Further information about the series can be found at Gummelt’s official website.
It’s a solid concept that could pave the way for a successful reinvention of the series, allowing for an anthology series with an overarching, season-long plot. Gummelt has already written scripts for a two-hour pilot and four additional episodes. The scripts appeal to the hardcore fans while offering something new for general audiences, but it’s unlikely that Paramount would stick closely to the original script if they decide to shoot a pilot. Star Trek Beyond, the latest entry in the film reboot series, will be released in U.S. theaters on July 8, 2016. Give me your thoughts in the comments below and then share this with your friends and become part of the conversation.