The long-awaited Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan podcast is happening but as a podcast and not a miniseries.
For years, Nicholas Meyer has tried to get his Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan prequel off the ground. The idea was originally envisioned as a televised mini-series that would follow Khan Noonien Singh and the rest of his augmented shipmates on Ceti Alpha V, just before and just after the cataclysmic disaster that decimated the planet.
With the rise of streaming, Meyer thought for sure the prequel mini-series could find a home on Paramount plus, but that wasn’t to be. The project would’ve been called Ceti Alpha V, and it would’ve been a love letter of sorts to Wrath of Khan. After all, Meyer wrote the film that launched a million fandoms, so why not see what he could do with a prequel?
Well, despite the series not going through, the idea is being developed not as a miniseries on Paramount+, but as a podcast. The miniseries event will be called Star Trek: Khan – Ceti Alpha V and it will focus on Khan and company being exiled to Ceti Alpha V, and the build-up to the film, Wrath of Khan.
Star Trek: Khan – Ceti Alpha V could be incredible or wholly underwhelming
The new Star Trek: Khan – Ceti Alpha V would’ve worked so much better as a series but a podcast could still be interesting. Yet, with it being over 40 years since the film first came out and Meyer pushing 80, one has to wonder if he still has that magic touch. He created three of the best Trek films ever, no doubt, but that was nearly 30 years ago from his last big hit with the franchise; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
So it’s been a while, can he still get the project to where it needs to be?
Moreover, Khan was carried so much by Ricardo Montalban, who passed away in 2009. So finding the right voice for Khan is imperative. If the script is lacking and the voice actor is uninspiring, then the project may as well not even be produced.