Will corporate synergy power a starship as well as dilithium?
That’s a question veteran Star Trek: Discovery writer Kalinda Vaszquez may be asking as Paramount Pictures has chosen her to write a new Star Trek feature script. Per Deadline, her pitch also won her an expanded role in the overall plotting for the Star Trek universe; a film and television brands which was split between Paramount’s parent company, Viacom, and CBS for last fifteen years. But as the two merged again recently — they were previously one entity prior to 2006 — Star Trek is again a united brand with a number of television shows and movie projects underway.
Of course, one may be asking what this means for Quentin Tarantino‘s often discussed ‘Star Trek 4’ or even the film Noah Hawley was working on before he decamped to Disney to develop an Alien series for Hulu. Both have walked away from Star Trek and we expect their ideas to be little more than footnotes in list of Star Trek almost-projects like Star Trek: Planet of the Gods, the ‘Starfleet Academy’ concept from the 1990s, and the Eddie Murphy version of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen which reality the film will utilize: the Prime or Kelvin Timeline. The latter, initiated in 2009 with J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek, was something of a stop-gap to keep Paramount’s film rights alive while CBS took the slower road to a new television venture. With Star Trek‘s film and television ventures united under one flag again, it is perhaps better to craft it with the care of a Marvel Studios and a certain amount of interaction between them. At the same time, Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, will produce, suggesting his Kelvin timeline will continue.
In the meantime, we can’t wait to hear Vasquez’s pitch and why it turned her into one of Star Trek‘s architects. Will it be that Romulan War picture former Star Trek boss Rick Berman used to tease? Or will it be something completely unexpected for the Kelvin universe. Honestly, we’d love to see what the Next Generation looks like in that version of events. Maybe they’ll even get a French actor to play Jean-Luc Picard.