Star Trek: Prodigy is doing well, well enough in fact to be made into a movie

Pictured: Environmental coverage of the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Prodigy . Photo Cr: Nickelodeon/Paramount+ ©2021, All Rights Reserved.
Pictured: Environmental coverage of the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Prodigy . Photo Cr: Nickelodeon/Paramount+ ©2021, All Rights Reserved. /

Despite some tepid reviews, Star Trek: Prodigy is doing very well.

Star Trek: Prodigy may not be donig the greatest with reviews, ranging fom scores starting in the low 60’s to the low 80’s, it is however doing very well in regards to the viewing numbers. Originall a Nickelodeon pitched concept, Prodigy was ove to Paramount+ ahead of the services launch, debuting on the service this past week. The move seems to have been a smart one, with Paramount Pictures CEO Brian Robbins raving about the show’s success.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Robbins spoke about the data pertaining to Prodigy, as well as the future of the series. Among the numbers being “obvious” towards a success, the CEO of Paramount Pictures also said that a potential animated movie could be in the works.

Talking to the Hollywood Reporter (via TrekCore), Robbins spoke about that very real possibility following Prodigy’s launch.

"The data [on measuring ‘Prodigy’ as a success] is pretty obvious. We’re going to be patient because we think the show is fantastic and creatively just exceeds all expectations. I have no doubt that we’ll be doing more. Alex and I have talked about what the theatrical film version of this show is and the likes of that. We’re really excited. Ramsey and our Nick team could not be more thrilled to explore more."

Prodigy may very well already have a movie in the works

While the Simpsons showed us a film based on a beloved animated property could be financially successful, there really isn’t much point in doing a film version of an animated show. The budgets are relatively the same and it’s hard to really come up with a story that would need to be told in a longer format. It’s part of the reason why Batman: The Animated Series’ film, The Mask of the Phantasm didn’t work. Fans didn’t see the point.

Well, that and other reasons, but mostly there was no hype around it. It’s differnet when you see a live action property get made into a film, because you get to deal with bigger budgets, and that means better special effects. Compare Star Trek: The Next Generation’s seventh season with Star Trek: First Contact.

One is clealy dealing with a massive salary and it isn’t the show. So there isn’t really a “need” to do Prodigy as a film. Unless they bring the voices actors in fora  live-action version. Then that may work.

Such a film may already be in the works. It’s already been reported that Star Trek will see multiple movies come out over the next few years, all dealing with a different piece of the franchise. Almost similiar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a way. The idea would be to plan out these films well in advance, so Prodigy may have been sitting in a potential film slot for a few months, if not years at this point and was just waiting on the premiere of the show before making it official.

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