Star Trek: Legacy fans should not put too much stock in Alex Kurtzman’s recent comments.
For Star Trek: Legacy to go from an idea to a series (or film), the folks behind the show, namely Terry Matalas, have to get the show greenlit. Usually, that’d fall in the hands of Alex Kurtzman, who is running the series, but now with the penny-pinching at Paramount+, it’s likely not going to be his call anymore.
Paramount+ is cutting costs across the board for seemingly every franchise they own, save for Yellowstone, which is their biggest franchise at the moment. Everyone else, including Star Trek, has gotten their budgets slashed considerably.
That’s most likely the reason why Michelle Yeoh’s Section 31 series was canceled in favor of a Section 31 film. It’s going to be far less expensive in the long term. So when Star Trek boss Kurtzman tells everyone that Legacy could happen, fans need to be mindful that times have changed.
Star Trek: Legacy has a long road ahead of it
Kurtzman spoke to FOX LA about the possibility of a Star Trek: Picard spinoff show, and while his words sound optimistic, it’s important to hear what he said;
"Anything is possible. We’ve heard the fans loud and clear. There’s obviously more story to tell. So, we’ll see."
That doesn’t sound like a man who’s optimistic about the show getting made. That sounds like a man who has a diplomatic way of getting out of answering a question, without truly answering it.
With the budget cuts at Paramount, two active film franchises in the works, four shows either airing or in the works, and lord knows what else, it’s very likely that Paramount+ may hold off on any new shows that aren’t already active development.
By the time the palates are clear for a new show, it may be too late for Legacy. That said, a film version of it may be far more likely.