There have been a lot of rumblings across the web today after Birth.Movies.Death published a collection of rumors about next year’s Star Trek series coming to the CBS All Access streaming service – with a lot of claims that are exactly in line with what many fans have been clamoring for over the last decade.
Here are the pertinent segments from the BMD report (which starts out with “It definitely isn’t in the JJ rebootverse.” and then becomes six paragraphs of rumors):
I have heard some intriguing rumors about the new Star Trek TV show that will be coming to CBS All Access next year under the stewardship of Bryan Fuller: it won’t be set in the JJ Abrams reboot universe. The new show will be set in the original, classic continuity.
I’ve also heard the show, which will be heavily serialized, will not be set on an Enterprise, although that feels like a no-brainer.
One last rumble I heard, which I could not get second sourced at this time, so consider this a wild rumor: …Fuller has a plan as to how he can still feature villainous Klingons, something we haven’t seen in decades!
A trusted source has chimed in and told me that it looks like the show will be a seasonal anthology, which means the first season will be set post-Undiscovered Country. After that the entire Star Trek universe is potentially open.
Let’s just take a moment to take this stuff with healthy dose of skepticism. While we know some entertainment sites have taken the BMD rumors as straight-up fact — and yes, they’re clearly called rumors in the original report, though the author is now claiming to have “four sources” backing him up — we still remember how many articles came out ahead of the Enterprise release in 2000 and 2001 that ended up being debunked by the time the series debuted.
(And we’re not trying to bash BMD editor Devin Faraci or his reporting, but there’s also this adamant, early story definitively stating that ‘inside sources’ verified Into Darkness would not feature Khan.)
The first Enterprise promo, airing four months before ‘Broken Bow’
Could this stuff end up being true? Possibly, but we’re obviously unable to verify anything so specific when it’s still so early in the creative process.
There are going to be a ton of reports like this coming over the next few months, so let’s all just take a deep breath, relax, and remember: nothing’s official until it’s announced by CBS.