Starfleet Academy being delayed until 2026 is not a good sign for the show

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy may be yet another victim of bad money management by Paramount+.

Mary Wiseman as Tilly in Star Trek: Discovery, season 5, streaming on Paramount+, 2023. Photo Credit: Marni Grossman /Paramount+
Mary Wiseman as Tilly in Star Trek: Discovery, season 5, streaming on Paramount+, 2023. Photo Credit: Marni Grossman /Paramount+ /
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More bad news is inbound for Star Trek fans, unfortunately. Those hoping for the planned Star Trek: Starfleet Academy may be waiting a long time for the show. If not permanently. Hollywood is in the process of cutting a lot of properties, as well as delaying others.

The Batman 2 was just delayed until 2026, despite the first coming out in 2022. Deadpool 3, Captain America, and other projects were announced to have been pushed back at the end of 2023 as well. The strikes, plus the financial woes of every streaming platform out there have made this a very uncertain time in Hollywood.

Not to mention, Star Trek is owned by Paramount Global, and they're in the process of looking for buyers for themselves. If a buyer comes into the picture, everything could be tossed upside down. That means projects may not be delayed but canceled. So the certainty of Star Trek: Starfleet Academy is still up in the air.

It's now even worse with Alex Kurtzman telling Collider that the series is officially delayed, with an eye on maybe early 2026 to get the first season out, if it comes out. Kurtzman tells the publication;

"It could end up not airing until 2026. We don’t know. But by starting [shooting in late summer], just building the sets alone is a massive endeavor, then six months of shooting, then six to eight months of post....It’s eight months of visual effects turnaround, and we’re not gonna rush that.’ So, it’ll come out, but it’ll come out when it’s done.”

There's no promise that the series gets canceled. Everything is in a state of flux but believe me when I say if a studio is willing to eat losses on completed films, like Batgirl or Wilde E Coyote vs. ACME, then a show could very well be canceled in the pre-production stages, as Starfleet Academy is.

The hope is that the show makes it to air, we'll just have to see what kind of state Paramount Global is in financially when filming begins.

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