A well-known Star Trek villian may be coming to audio drama.
Five years ago, Nicholas Meyer discussed with Trekmovie the possibility of a sequel Star Trek series that focused on Khan Noonien Singh and his time on the planet Ceti Alpha V following the events of the Star Trek episode “Space Seed.” The prequel has never gotten off the ground, and it seemed like all forward movement had stopped…until now.
A recent guest on Page One: The Writer’s Podcast [via Trekmovie], Meyer was presented with the question as to the status of the prequel. He said it was going to be a podcast and went on to confirm that he wasn’t joking. He said he was concluding a deal that will turn the series into a podcast that he will write and possibly direct. If the podcast is successful, Meyer continued that they would revisit it for film.
Could a Star Trek series about Khan become successful as an audio drama?
Star Trek: Picard released an audio drama “No Man’s Land” with Michelle Hurd and Jeri Ryan returning as their characters, Raffi and Seven of Nine, and the reviews have been positive. It was a way of bridging the characters’ relationship between season one and season two of the series. So it wouldn’t come as a big surprise if another audio drama found an audience, depending upon who is cast as the titular character of Khan.
Meyer didn’t share any additional information about the project, but he did share why he loves radio plays and possibly why he chose this method of media to bring the Khan prequel to life.
"“Film alone has the hideous capacity to do everything for you. We call this eye candy and candy is not good for you. So I look for ways for things to leave out. And radio is a great way for things to leave out. Imagination does not need any training.”"
So it’s entirely possible we’ll hear Khan again even if we don’t see him for a while.