Could we be seeing yet another Star Trek TV series in the near future? Star Trek: Discovery is just under a couple months away from coming to CBS All Access, but the rumor mill is already abuzz with what’s next. That next series could be yet another look back at the series’ past — a miniseries about Khan Noonien Singh that takes place just before the 1982 movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
The rumors surround Nicholas Meyer, a major figure in the history of Star Trek. Meyer directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and most recently he’s appeared on the writing staff for Discovery. There have been whispers that Meyer has been working on a side Star Trek project, and now those whispers are getting louder. They shouldn’t be taken as fact, though — all we’re going on is two anonymous sources cited by Geek Exchange, both of whom have reportedly stated that Meyer’s secret project is a prequel miniseries to Star Trek II.
There’s at least a little something that lends credence to the rumors. It just so happens that this is the 35th anniversary of The Wrath of Khan, and to celebrate, the film is being brought back to theaters for showings across the nation on September 10 and 13. The screenings will also include a special intro from William Shatner, and who knows — maybe that’s where these rumors will be confirmed.
Considering we’re dealing with the director of the original movie, we’d imagine this will take place in the Prime universe. J.J. Abrams took on Khan in his second film, Star Trek Into Darkness, but it seems like Meyer won’t be drawing from that film. No return of Cumberbatch as Khan, is what we’re saying. The part would have to be recast completely, with the original Khan, the legendary Ricardo Montalbán, passing away in 2009.
If the rumors are true, the series would cover the events following Khan getting exiled to Ceti Alpha V by Captain Kirk. If that’s the case, we know what the story beats will be from the movie — in Star Trek II, Khan was out for revenge on Kirk after the exile of him and his fellow genetically modified crewmembers resulted in the death of his wife and a life on a dead planet (buried aliiiiive).
What it probably wouldn’t cover is the Eugenics Wars that preceded Khan’s rise and fall, which might be the prequel series that more fans want to see. Then again, considering we don’t even know if this rumor is true, there’s plenty of times for things to change. We’ll be on the lookout for more information about this rumor either way!