After literally years of rumors, speculation and excited chatter, it’s finally official: there’s going to be a Star Trek: Starfleet Academy television series.
The Paramount+ project, which has been the subject of much discussion across the past year, will feature Noga Landau and Alex Kurtzman as co-showrunners and executive producers. The streamer describes the series by promising that it “will introduce us to a young group of cadets who come together to pursue a common dream of hope and optimism. Under the watchful and demanding eyes of their instructors, they will discover what it takes to become Starfleet officers as they navigate blossoming friendships, explosive rivalries, first loves and a new enemy that threatens both the Academy and the Federation itself.”
In a joint statement, Landau and Kurtzman wrote, “Admission is now open to Starfleet Academy! Explore the galaxy! Captain your destiny! For the first time in over a century, our campus will be re-opened to admit individuals a minimum of 16 Earth years (or species equivalent) who dream of exceeding their physical, mental and spiritual limits, who value friendship, camaraderie, honor and devotion to a cause greater than themselves. The coursework will be rigorous, the instructors among the brightest lights in their respective fields, and those accepted will live and study side-by-side with the most diverse population of students ever admitted. Today we encourage all who share our dreams, goals and values to join a new generation of visionary cadets as they take their first steps toward creating a bright future for us all. Apply today! Ex Astris, Scientia!”
While Starfleet Academy has never been the focus of its own movie or television series before this point, the concept has been central to two separate comic book series: Marvel’s 1996 series set in the timeframe of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and IDW’s 2015 series, which took place in the continuity of contemporary Trek movies.
The official announcement of the show — the roots of which go all the way back to the late 1980s, with a mooted-but-never-happened Starfleet Academy movie project — comes on the heels of the official renewal of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Star Trek: Lower Decks for their third and fifth seasons respectively, as well as the recent news that Star Trek: Discovery will end with its fifth season in 2024.
It’s all happening for Star Trek right now. (There’s even a comic book crossover on the cards!) Here’s where you can keep up with everything as it happens.