CBS controls the TV rights to Star Trek whereas Paramount has the movie rights, and as you may anticipate, this causes some friction. With Discovery filming a brand new season and Paramount engaged on two unrelated Trek films, there’s loads of alternative for battle.
The newest dramatic replace comes from Wrath of Khan author/director Nick Meyer. Final yr, he revealed that he was engaged on a brand new venture for CBS, after becoming a member of the Discovery writers’ room. We assumed this was a brand new spinoff sequence, nevertheless it appears it was really a trilogy of TV films. Talking at an occasion on the College of California this week, he stated it’s now been delayed resulting from CBS/Paramount authorized conflicts.
“I used to be employed to jot down a stand-alone Star Trek-related trilogy… I used to be writing it for CBS [All] Entry… however in the meanwhile CBS is at a battle with Paramount/Viacom [about merging].
They’re in an influence battle which turned actually nasty this previous week when CBS determined to sue Viacom. So I don’t suppose my venture goes wherever in a rush, as a result of every part is on maintain whereas they type out this merger enterprise. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.”
The truth that he’s discussing this in public makes the trilogy sound even much less prone to occur.
Inside CBS and Paramount’s Star Trek feud
The trilogy, whereas it will stream on TV community CBS All Entry, remains to be three films. Doubtlessly, that clashes with the big-screen franchise. On the identical time, the thought of a CBS/Viacom merger is unquestionably attention-grabbing for Star Trek. The TV and film franchises have been separate since J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, which follows a brand new canon timeline. In concept, a merger may permit the flicks to rejoin the primary TV canon, as they did earlier than CBS and Paramount break up in 2005. And in contrast to Marvel or DC’s TV/film divide, Star Trek followers view the TV exhibits as “actual” canon. The latest reboot films are extra like an non-compulsory further.
Nonetheless, that type of hypothesis is fairly far forward of the place we’re at proper now. The present authorized battle isn’t actually about Star Trek. CBS is now battling for independence towards its controlling shareholder, Nationwide Amusements—which additionally controls Viacom and Paramount. Nationwide Amusements desires to merge CBS and Viacom, however CBS desires out. So now they’re embroiled in a authorized dispute so difficult that the decide really stated on Wednesday, “I’ve by no means seen something like what’s transpired right here when it comes to transferring elements.” He simply granted CBS a restraining order towards Nationwide Amusements.
It’s enjoyable to invest about what Nick Meyer may do with a brand new Star Trek trilogy, however it is a lot like discussing the thought of an X-Males/Avengers crossover in relation to the Disney/Fox merger. Finally, CBS and Viacom have a lot larger fish to fry.
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