Kurtzman Gives Update on Star Trek Productions

David Milburn

Thanks to the latest issue of SFX Magazine in which they speak to Alex Kurtzman who offers an update on production of upcoming Star Trek shows.

As we all are aware Covid19 has disrupted all TV and film production schedules which has seen delays in shooting on tentpole films for major studios such as Warner Bros and Marvel, with some being pushed back altogether in terms of release dates as far away as 2022.  

And while we should remember that in the current climate, with infections and death rates rising daily, economies under extreme strain, people losing their jobs and businesses going under, having to wait a little longer to see a movie or TV show isn’t the worst thing that could be happening in our lives right now.

However, if you are a Star Trek fan, it seems you will not have to wait as long as some might have feared to see the return of our Trek heroes.  In the October issue of SFX Magazine; building up to the season three premier of Star Trek: Discovery, they spoke to Alex Kurtzman about the current slate of Star Trek productions including Picard and Strange New worlds. Here is what he had to say:

“Things are just starting to shoot again. We would have been in production already on Picard, but we couldn’t be because of Covid. It’s pushed our Discovery and Strange New Worlds dates just a little bit, but I think we’re actually planning on staying on track for those. By the time they shoot, we will have innovated with a couple shows, and we will know where we are. And we will be a little bit more down with a process. So I’m hopeful… it’s a very systematised, militarised operation now, that’s really rigorously being constructed around making sure that everybody is safe and that the sets function in pods so that if one person is sick, it does not necessarily infect the entire group.”

Recently a picture was released online indicating that Discovery season four had started its production in some capacity already so it would seem that Picard is not far behind in that regard. I would imagine that given the age of its major lead in Sir Patrick Stewart, some extra precautions are being taken and will start when its only totally safe to do so.

But what about Strange New Worlds? This is a show that a lot of Star Trek fans are eager for, not just those that loved Discovery but also for those that disliked the prequel series. Seeing Strange New Worlds as a possible spiritual successor to the Original Series and Next Generation due to its stylistic approach.

“The silver linings are that Akiva [Goldsman] and Henry [Alonso Myers] are ready to show up and able to really get ahead with scripts. By the time we go back into production, we will have a lot of scripts ready to go, which is not usually how it is for us. We’re always running ahead of the freight train that is production and trying not to get flattened, but this time we actually have some advanced warning with a lot of prep time.”

It would indicate then that the enforced delay’s might actually end up benefiting Strange New Worlds, allowing more time in pre-production to perfect the scripts and stories, but it is still without a possible launch date as it stands.

Its worth noting that there doesn’t seem to be any mention of Section 31 and where that is up to in the Star Trek slate of productions, most likely reason is that without Covids impact, Picard would be nearly done, Strange New Worlds would be gearing up to shoot and Section 31 would follow that. It seems that given the fan interest in Strange New Worlds, Kurtzman and his team are prioritizing moving it up the pecking order and pushing Section 31 back.

On the animation front, there’s “quite a lot of animation left to do” for the teams working on Lower Decks and Prodigy.

The latest issue of SFX Magazine is out now and available from all good stockist as well as online

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