A new “Star Trek” animated series from “LEGO Ninjago” writers Kevin and Dan Hageman has been ordered to series at Nickelodeon.
The CG-animated project, which hails from CBS Television Studios, “follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation.”
Even though the series is being overseen by “Star Trek” boss Alex Kurtzman, this will be the first of these new “Star Trek” TV projects not intended for CBS All Access. The new cartoon series, targeted towards younger audiences, will be a major tentpole series for Nickelodeon, a person with knowledge of the project told TheWrap back in February.
Here is CBS TV Studios’ current “Star Trek” lineup, which, again, is fully housed on CBS All-Access: “Star Trek: Discovery”; “Star Trek: Short Trek,” a series of short stories tied to “Discovery”; the untitled series featuring Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard; “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” from Mike McMahan (“Rick and Morty”), an animated series targeted at mature audiences; and a new “Star Trek” project based on “Section 31,” which is in development with Michelle Yeoh attached to star.
Kurtzman will executive produce the new animated “Star Trek” series alongside Kevin and Dan Hageman. Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will also executive produce. Aaron Baiers will serve as a co-executive producer. The project will be overseen for Nickelodeon by Ramsey Naito, EVP of Animation Production and Development.
“‘Star Trek’s’ mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future,” Kurtzman said. “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.”
“‘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,” Dan and Kevin Hageman said.
The new animated “Star Trek” series comes from CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Television Studios’ new animation arm, Secret Hideout, and Roddenberry Entertainment. Claudia Spinelli, VP Animation Development, Nickelodeon, is the executive in charge of the new animated “Star Trek” series for Nickelodeon.