It is a time to be cautiously optimistic if you're a Star Trek fan. For the first time in a long time, we are going to boldly go to the world of television with a brand new show, Star Trek Discovery, which will premiere on CBS All Access this September. As if that isn't enough, it sounds like a prequel series centered on Khan Noonien Singh, or simply Khan, to most Star Trek fans, is happening next.
The rumor comes courtesy of Geek Exchange and they claim that writer/director Nicholas Meyer, who directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and is currently writing on Star Trek Discovery, is actually working on this Khan TV series. According to their report, they have two unnamed sources that claim Meyer is currently developing the Star Trek prequel series which will tell the tale of the most iconic villain in the history of the legendary sci-fi franchise. Here's what they have to say about it.
"Meyer will reportedly be developing a prequel miniseries, or limited series that would take place on Ceti Alpha V and chronicle Khan and his followers struggling to survive in the years between when Kirk dropped him off on the planet at the end of 'Space Seed' and when the crew of the U.S.S. Reliant finds them early in The Wrath of Khan."
Khan Noonien Singh is a 'genetically superior' villain who was played by Ricardo Montalban in the original series episode Space Seed and later in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He is considered by many to not only be the greatest villain in the Star Trek universe, but one of the better villains in movie history. Khan was also played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness. It was a poorly kept secret in that movie that was disliked by many hardcore fans, despite the fact that the movie was commercially successful.
The idea of doing a limited series based around Khan is something that would almost certainly interest Star Trek fans. Considering that Nicholas Meyer arguably knows the character best, and considering that he worked on two of the most beloved Star Trek movies, he seems like the right guy for the job. It all depends on how they decided to handle it, but it would almost certainly land on CBS All Access as well, since CBS owns the rights and they are trying to broaden the appeal of their own subscriptions service.
For now, this should probably be regarded as a rumor, but it is certainly something Star Trek fans are going to want to keep their eyes on. Should Star Trek Discovery prove to be successful, this project could become closer to a reality. Odds are, CBS won't want to jump the gun and announce this Khan prequel until they know there is still a healthy appetite for Star Trek on TV. We will be sure to keep you up to date as more details on the project are made available.