Star Trek fans still don't know a lot about CBS' plans for the new television series in the franchise, but rumors now suggest that the show will take place in the time period before The Next Generation.
This could also mean that the series will share continuity with the other Star Trek television shows, rather than the J.J. Abrams films, which occur in an alternate universe. This could make many fans of the franchise happy, particularly those unhappy with Abrams' choice in making the films separate from the previous Star Trek television and movie universe.
The rumor, first reported by website Birth.Movies.Death., states that the timeline for the new series will occur sometime after Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, the last film from the original series, and before The Next Generation. The site also suggests that the show "will be heavily serialized" and not set on an Enterprise ship. There is even the possibility that the series will feature Klingons as the villains, something that hasn't happened in a really long time.
CBS announced late last year that it had plans for a new Star Trek series and that all the show's episodes would run exclusively on its subscription streaming platform, All Access. Since that announcement, more details about the show's production have come to light, including the name of the showrunner, Bryan Fuller.
"My very first experience of Star Trek is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls," said Fuller in a CBS press release.
"Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire. It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand-new iteration of Star Trek with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before," he added.
That means that the series is already in good hands, especially with Star Trek: Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer on board and Gene Roddenberry's son, Rod, set to executive produce.