‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Producer Aims for the Scope, Scale and Emotional Experience of ‘Game of Thrones’

Pictured: Star Trek: Discovery stars Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green

As the Star Wars series continues to build out a new universe across various mediums (movies, TV, books, video games, etc.) that exists both before the original trilogy and after, many fans are now turning to Star Trek and looking for more, well, Trek. The last film to arrive in theaters, Star Trek Beyond, was the lowest grossing of the new rebooted films that began with J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek in 2009, but many fans consider it to be the best of the three. Now, with no concrete plans in motion for a new film, many Trekkies are turning to television and CBS’s upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery.

What we know about Discovery is that it’s a prequel to the original Star Trek television series, and it stars Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou, Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, James Frain as Spock’s father, Sarek; Doug Jones as Lt. Saru, and more. You can see the first image from Star Trek: Discovery above.

Fandango recently had a chance to chat with Alex Kurtzman, executive producer on Star Trek: Discovery, and also the director of this summer’s The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise (in theaters June 9). When we asked about his future in the world of Star Trek, he spoke about bringing the same level of cinematic flare that we see in shows like Game of Thrones to the next TV incarnation of Star Trek.

“I’m not involved in the movies anymore, but I’ve been involved in the show,” he said. “One of the things that I do really love about television now is that the line between TV and film is so blurred. It used to be such a specific line, and now with things like Game of Thrones, it’s a movie; it’s just on television in your living room. We’re endeavoring to bring that level of scope, scale and emotional experience to the new Trek.”

And will we see another movie?

“Look, personally, I would love to see another Trek movie, and I’d love to be involved, but I haven’t been working on that stuff lately,” he said.

Expect to see and hear more about Star Trek: Discovery when CBS makes its presentation during this month’s Upfronts. The show is expected to air on CBS All Access later this year.