A fan who has worked on a Star Trek series concept for two decades has been asked to pitch said show to Paramount.
The fan is Michael Gummelt, and the series is Star Trek Uncharted.
Paramount has invited Gummelt to pitch his series, according to Gummelt, speaking with TrekMovie.com. “I can now officially announce that I do, indeed, have an invitation to come pitch Star Trek Uncharted at Paramount this summer,” he said. “As far as I know, this is the first time a fan (not an established industry insider) has been invited to pitch a Star Trek TV series. This is, obviously, extremely exciting and I’m doing my best to get support for it from industry professionals. One of my concept cast members has read the script and expressed interest in supporting it, which is fantastic!”
Gummelt’s series will contain, “interesting, diverse characters who interact and grow.” He wants his Trek series to have a “progressive, optimistic view of the future,” while letting fans see the “thrill of discovery” and “the adventure of the unknown” in space exploration. The series would contain “high concept sci-fi…with a respect for and grounding in real science,” and would feature “cutting-edge technology.”
What should fans expect from Gummelt’s series? “It should, first and foremost, be a show that can stand on its own,” he said. “It shouldn’t rely too heavily on any deep, intimate knowledge of every past Trek show and movie. It would be very tempting to put in all sorts of references and trivia that only fans like me would get. But for Trek to return to TV after so long, it needs to be reinvented for a new generation. Not a reboot, that’s already being done in the movies.
“What I want for this series is for it to be the future – a Star Trek TV series that feels modern and feels futuristic relative to our current times. So, as I see it, Star Trek Uncharted is set sometime in the future, distant enough that it doesn’t really matter which universe it takes place in. It’s universe-agnostic. In my fantasy world where the series actually gets made, it would need to establish itself as its own show, with its own identity. Only once it’s accomplished that would it need to establish its place in the lore. In any case, I imagine it would be up to Paramount, CBS and Bad Robot to decide if they wanted to use it as a ‘shared universe’ show along the lines of Agents of SHIELD.”
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