Nickelodeon Commission New ‘Star Trek’ Animated Series
‘Star Trek’ is getting a new animated series, this time on US network Nickelodeon.
The new, original CG-animated ‘Star Trek’ series will be aimed at a younger audience, and follow a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation. The show will be developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (‘Trollhunters’, ‘The LEGO Movie’), and overseen by Ramsey Naito, EVP, Animation Production and Development, Nickelodeon. This will be the second upcoming animated ‘Star Trek’ series, joining the previously announced ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’.
“‘Star Trek’, Nickelodeon, and the state of animation are doing incredibly ambitious things as of late. We couldn’t be more excited to jump aboard,” commented Dan and Kevin Hageman in a statement.
The untitled Trek adventure show will be created under the auspices of CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Television Studios’ new animation arm; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Trek veterans Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth, along with animation producer Katie Krentz, will serve as executive producers together with Kevin and Dan Hageman. Aaron Baiers will serve as a co-executive producer.
“Star Trek’s mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future,” Kurtzman said. “Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honours its exploratory spirit in a way that’s never been done before, while the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing Trek to a younger generation around the world.”
The animated series is the newest addition to the expanding Star Trek television universe. It joins ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and ‘Star Trek: Short Treks’, a series of short stories tied to Discovery; the new untitled Star Trek series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard; ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ from Mike McMahan (‘Rick and Morty’), an animated series targeted at mature audiences; and a new Star Trek project based on Section 31, which is in development with Michelle Yeoh attached to star.
Whilst the new animated series will air exclusively on Nickelodeon in the US, it’s not clear where it will land internationally. We’ll let you know when we know more.