CBS announces 5 year deal with Alex Kurtzman


CBS just announced that Star Trek: Discovery co-creator, Alex Kurtzman and his production company Secret Hideout Productions, have just been given a five year deal with the network that is said to be in the eight figures.

In addition to co-creating Star Trek: Discovery, Alex Kurtzman was the co-writer of Star Trek 2009 and Star Trek: Into Darkness. It looks like he won’t be leaving Star Trek anytime soon. 

"“CBS has also allowed us the great pleasure of reintroducing the world of Star Trek audiences new and old, and we are very excited to keep working alongside them to expand that world,” Kurtzman said in a statement."

CBS announced last week that Kurtzman would be the sole showrunner for season two of Discovery. Former showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts departed after budgetary and managerial style concerns. Kurtzman’s deal runs thorn 2023 and is to include any future projects for TV. Berg and Haberts are said to have finished roughly half of season two, and that Kurtzman had taken over sole showrunner duties starting with episode 6. 

Some are saying that one of the projects may Patrick Stewart’s Jean Luc Picard coming back to the small screen.

The deal includes expanding the Star Trek franchise for television. No details for what that may entail have been confirmed. Rumors have been circulating about the future of Trek on TV. The rumors include possible animated works and mini-series. Some are saying that one of the projects may Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard coming back to the small screen.

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In addition to his work on various Star Trek related projects, Kurtzman has worked on various franchises such as Mission Impossible, Transformers, The Amazing Spiderman, and Alias. He was also developing “The Man Who Fell to Earth” for Hulu and has served as executive producer for CBS’s Hawaii Five-0 since 2010. 

What are you hoping to see Kurtzman bring to the small screen over the next five years?