The adventures of the U.S.S. Discovery will occupy their own place in the history of Starfleet. Writer and director Nicholas Meyer (The Wrath of Khan) has hinted at where the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery television show from CBS will sit in the Trek universe and, tantalizingly, teased a secret Trek project for the future.
Meyer spoke with TrekMovie about his work as a consulting producer and writer for Discovery, a show that’s mostly still under wraps despite the trailer and promotional images traversing the internet. Meyer said that “when [series creator] Bryan Fuller invented Star Trek: Discovery and conceived it, he found a niche in the chronology that allows for another stream.”
The team behind Discovery is diving into a complicated world, one far more so than it was when Meyer directed 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Back then, there was less canon to be dealt with, and the entire Trek franchise hadn’t been turned upside down yet by J.J. Abrams’s 2009 Star Trek reboot. The megalomaniacal villain Khan (Ricardo Montalbán), the antagonist of Meyer’s The Wrath of Khan, made a controversial comeback in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. That is it say: Star Trek has changed quite a bit over the years.
But the core message remains the same, as does filmmakers’ love of the franchise. In fact, Meyer teased a new Star Trek project unrelated to Discovery that he’s a part of.
“One thing that has nothing to do with Discovery is that I am working on another Star Trek project, but I can’t discuss that either,” Meyer said.
As Discovery hasn’t even launched yet, putting another television series in the works would be a risky move; no one knows yet how well the series will be received. Speculation leads to the conclusion that Meyer is working on another Trek motion picture. And while it seems even Captain Kirk actor Chris Pine hasn’t heard whether or not he’ll be brought back for a fourth film in the series’ reboot saga, that doesn’t mean the studio doesn’t have something in the works. But, as noted, this is all speculation.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres sometime this fall.