I think it's safe to say that at least half of us here are Star Trek fans in one way or the other. Whether you're a fan of the original series with William Shatner or Star Trek: The Next Generation with Patrick Stewart or even J.J. Abrams' modern movie reboots with Chris Pine, Star Trek fandom reaches all of us at some point or another. But usually, it's around the age of nine or twelve that people become hype to the joys of Star Trek. At least that's what Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard executive producer Alex Kurtzman thinks. And so today we have word via Kurtzman that the new goal for Star Trek moving forward is to attract younger fans.
Robert Kurtzman says this.
"I went to CBS, and I said, 'I think you have a universe here that is very under-utilized, and a fan base that I think is hungry for a lot more. And I walked them through the plan of what I saw for the next five to ten years of Trek. Part of it was, kind of, premised on the idea that it was going to take time. What I said was, "Don't expect us to put the first thing out, and suddenly, you know, you have 100 million new fans. That's not gonna happen. 'Trek' has been around for too long for that to happen - but what we do have is new generations, and what I can tell you is that 'Trek,' in general, finds people when they're about between nine and twelve."
He continues on saying this.
"It's never reached younger than that; it's never tried to, and to me that's a hugely missed opportunity, especially because what you're really trying to do is influence hearts and minds with really positive messages - messages about who we can be as a species and as people and what our future is. So why not start young, you know? And not for a cynical reason. Not because you know, hey, let's sell some more toys, but because if you really want Star Trek to reach people, then you've got to start young."
And finally, he adds this.
"And this is where I guess the 'Star Wars' influence on me really mattered because as a kid at four years old, I could imagine myself staring up at the twin suns of Tattooine and wondering what my life was. 'Trek' didn't give me that same thing - it gave me Wesley Crusher, it gave me different characters, but again, those are older characters. But we are definitely seeing just metric proof that the fan base is growing, and it's growing younger - and yet, we're keeping our current fans, and that's great."
Now I don't know about you, but making a Star Trek project aimed at kids sounds like just about the most genius idea I've heard in a long time. I know I've tried to get my five and seven-year-olds to watch the Star Trek shows and movies, and they haven't been quite hooked yet, so maybe an animated series is just the way to go. That said, no official plan is in place at this time, but we'll make sure to pass along word as we hear it. This story comes to us via Comicbook.com.