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Producer/screenwriter duo Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have revealed that they are keen to produce a new Star Trek animated series. The pair, who co-wrote and executive produced the 2009 reboot of the Star Trek franchise, discussed the project on radio show My Geek Time. Commenting on the notion of a TV show Orci said: “We have asked about [an animated Star Trek series]. We have asked what the rights are and who owns it and what are the possibilities. It is a very early idea and we are waiting to hear back. But we would love to do it.”
Both Orci and Kurtzman recently developed the daytime Emmy Award-winning Transformers: Prime for cable channel The Hub. “We learned a lot from that experience,” Kurtzman said. “It would be cool to do something like that from Trek.” A previous Star Trek cartoon, based on the original series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, ran on NBC from 1973 to 1974, but with the success of modern animated shows like Star Wars: The Clone Wars (gearing up to enter its fourth season), a new Star Trek project would stand a much better chance at a longer run.
J.J Abrams recently announced that a script for the sequel to 2009’s Star Trek, which he is penning along with Orci, Kurtzman and frequent partner Damon Lindelof, is still in the works, while Star Trek: The Next Generation star Jonathan Frakes revealed in April that CBS and Paramount had rejected his proposal for a new live-action series.