Star Trek fans may have more to look forward to than a new movie in the next two years. As reported by The Huffington Post, the Star Trek TV series might be reborn over on Netflix. Netflix has reportedly expressed interest to CBS and Viacom (the owners of the Star Trek franchise) in obtaining the rights for their own Star Trek series.
As of now, nothing has been confirmed by either Netflix or CBS, but it's no surprise that the mega popular streaming website wants the series. Currently, Netflix has five different Star Trek series available for streaming, and it's one of their top viewed series. In addition, it's been announced that Marvel will debut several new series on Netflix, including a Daredevil reboot, so claiming the rights to Star Trek just makes sense for the demographic they're aiming for.
Amidst the rumors, Star Trek writer Larry Nemecek took to his blog last week to address the Netflix speculation, saying, "It's in Netflix’s interest to be casting for new shows; Star Trek is one of them—especially as Trek’s 737 hours performs as a top draw on Netflix. As I understand it, there have been overtures, but no steps taken." This statement doesn't exactly kill the idea, so much as confirm that no moves have been made yet. It doesn't completely take a new Star Trek series on Netflix out of the picture, an idea many fans are still clinging to.
hey @netflix please make a new Star Trek series signed, everyone
— (@LaughingStoic) April 9, 2014
In the meantime, there are plenty of online web series spinoffs for Star Trek fans, including the popular Star Trek: Phase II. The fan-based series recently just completed a successful kickstarter campaign, raising $46,000 to help fund a new studio space and set design of future episodes, which cost about $15,000 each to make. The web series picks up where the original Star Trek TV show from the 60s left off, with the Starship Enterprise in their fifth and final year of their mission.
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) June 19, 2014
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