The Chief Executive Officer for Viacom CBC confirmed this week that two new Star Trek films are currently in development. This information shocked fans, who weren’t anticipating any other films in the franchise for a minimum of ten years. However, it wasn’t long ago that Viacom CBC earned the complete rights to the Star Trek franchise. It makes perfect sense why the small-scale studio would want to develop a new reboot, even though it been ten years since the last reboot for this franchise was completed.
The last reboot was created by J.J. Abrams, a man infamous for his visionary direction with films. It reached critical success and spawned two sequels, which included Into the Darkness and Beyond. Though both sequels were admired by fans, they didn’t achieve the same critical box office success that the first film discovered. This lack of popularity prompted the switch to television, which has seen viewership numbers of more than a million. Subsequently, the popularity of this franchise is slowly returning. It makes perfect sense that CBC Films and Viacom would want to develop a new trilogy. However, it’s known that this trilogy will center around the television characters. This would mark the first time in decades that Star Trek Actors from TV have moved to film.
Bob Bakish, the newly anointed Chief Executive Officer for CBC Viacom, proposed these two new films to investors at an annual meeting. This meeting was held at the UBS Global Technology Conference, where the announcement of two new movies would be provided first to the Hollywood Reporter. Bob Bakish confirmed that the combination of CBC and Viacom’s capabilities, the next iteration in the Star Trek Film Franchise, would be unlike anything fans have encountered before. This suggests that we could see events and storylines that were never answered in the previous series, especially with the re-introduction of Picard.
The primary purpose for these two new films to create increased synergy between the Television and Film Franchises, which would bring back large percentages of former fans. Though new fans are regularly acquired, Viacom CBC has struggled to obtain older fans.