9:07am PT by Rick Porter
'Star Trek' Animated Series Gets Green Light at Nickelodeon
The Star Trek universe is expanding to Nickelodeon.
The cable network has given a series order to an animated Trek show from Emmy-winning writers Kevin and Dan Hageman and Star Trek franchise captain Alex Kurtzman. The untitled, CG-animated series will follow a group of teenagers who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation.
"Star Trek's mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future," said Kurtzman. "Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honors 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."
Added the Hageman brothers, "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."
The Nick series could become a tentpole for the cabler, whose president, Brian Robbins, is under a mandate from Viacom CEO Bob Bakish to reinvigorate the kid-focused network. Nick is also planning a revival of sketch-comedy show All That, spinoffs of its flagship SpongeBob SquarePants and an animated Paddington series, among other projects.
The series comes from CBS TV Studios' newly created animation arm, Eye Animation Productions, along with Kurtzman's Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. It's the first Star Trek TV project to find a home outside the CBS umbrella; streamer CBS All Access has Star Trek: Discovery and shortform spinoff Short Treks, the forthcoming adult animated show Lower Decks and a series focusing on Patrick Stewart's Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, in addition to developing a Discovery spinoff with Michelle Yeoh and another animated series.
"Partnering with CBS Television Studios and the creative masterminds behind the Star Trek franchise is an incredible opportunity and allows our audience to discover rich characters and new stories,” said Ramsey Naito, executive vp animation production and development at Nick. "Star Trek is a franchise loved by generations of fans around the globe, and adding Nickelodeon as home to the next animated series is a perfect fit."
The Hageman brothers (Trollhunters, The Lego Movie) and Kurtzman executive produce with Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth.