CBS All Access has picked up Star Trek prequel Strange New Worlds, which tells the story of Christopher Pike’s time at the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise, a decade before Captain James T. Kirk even set foot aboard the legendary spaceship.
The series features several cast members from Star Trek: Discovery, including Anson Mount as Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Ethan Peck as Spock.
“Fans fell in love with Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn and Ethan Peck’s portrayals of these iconic characters when they were first introduced on Star Trek: Discovery last season,” said Julie McNamara, executive vice president and head of programming, CBS All Access, in a statement. “This new series will be a perfect complement to the franchise, bringing a whole new perspective and series of adventures to Star Trek.”
Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) wrote the series premiere, along with Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, all of whom also executive produce. Other executive producers include Henry Alonso Myers, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. Aaron Baiers, Akela Cooper and Davy Perez will serve as co-executive producers. Goldsman also will serve as a key part of the creative team on CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Picard, starring Sir Patrick Stewart. The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.
“When we said we heard the fans’ outpouring of love for Pike, Number One and Spock when they boarded Star Trek: Discovery last season, we meant it,” said Alex Kurtzman, also in a statement. “These iconic characters have a deep history in Star Trek canon, yet so much of their stories have yet to be told. With Akiva and Henry at the helm, the Enterprise, its crew and its fans are in for an extraordinary journey to new frontiers in the Star Trek universe.”
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is the latest addition to the expanding Star Trek franchise on CBS All Access, which includes original series Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Discovery and the service’s first animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks, developed by Rick & Morty’s Mike McMahan. An animated Star Trek series also is in the works at Nickelodeon.