Yesterday, CBS and Viacom announced a new merger, marking a reunion between the two business units for the first time in nearly thirteen years. A new company called ViacomCBS will show up (pending termination of the deal), and brands like Paramount Pictures, CBS, Showtime, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and more will all be under the same umbrella. [1
According to Deadline, the Trek franchise will now operate under the same ownership for the first time since 2005. A 2017 report indicated that because characters like Kirk, Spock and Uhura were used in JJ Abram's produced films, they were not eligible to be used on the small screen at that time. The deadline indicates that when the movie series "looked set to be animated last year" after the disappointing worldwide boxing winnings in Star Trek Beyond it allowed the rule that the characters not shown on TV be put together in space; a new version of Mr. Spock (played by Ethan Peck ) was introduced on the CBS All-Access show Star Trek: Discovery earlier this year.
With the ongoing Star Trek: Discovery several animated series, Picard a Discovery spin-off starring Michelle Yeoh and even a potential Quentin Tarantino Star Trek movie in the works, it looks like we could be on the verge of a Trek bubble. But without the headaches of dealing with separate parent companies, I wouldn't be surprised to see more characters cross more often between sub-franchises in the Star Trek universe.
During an investor conversation yesterday, ViacomCBS chief Bob Bakish said that both Trek and Mission: Impossible The franchises have a huge potential to “leverage all corporate platforms.” Translation: We might get a new Mission: Impossible TV show for the first time since 1990. The original series ran from 1968- 1973, and was briefly resurrected in 1988 for a two-year term, with only actor Peter Graves returning as the lead actor.
But since this franchise is now best known for its mega-blockbuster Tom Cruise movies, will a new TV show be able to have the same draw? It's a tall order that a TV / streaming show can capture the broken, jaw-dropping, "Holy Shit" stunt making these films into true movie events, and a Cruise-less version of this property has not been seen for decades . On the other hand, I saw someone suggest on Twitter that Paula Patton and Maggie Q's spy characters, who have been completely forgotten after appearing in one movie each, should get their own spin-off, and I'm definitely here for that idea. So maybe it will be able to carve out its own identity and operate alongside the films in continuity, much like Marvel's upcoming Disney + show. Time will show … and speaking of time, I would suggest clicking away now because this article will destroy itself in five seconds.
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