RICK AND MORTY Writer Mike McMahan Will Develop The STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS Animated Series
CBS All Access continues to build on their Star Trek franchise with a new animated series called Star Trek: Lower Decks. This is said to be a half-hour adult-themed animated comedy series and it will be developed by Rick and Morty head writer and executive producer Mike McMahan. He’s apparently a long-time Star Trek fan, so working on a project like this is a dream come true for him.
According to Deadline, Star Trek: Lower Decks will focus on “the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships.”
Alex Kurtzman, who is spearheading all the Star Trek projects is obviously also involved, and the series already has been given a two season order. Kurtzman had this to say in a statement regarding bringing on McMahan to develop the series:
“Mike won our hearts with his first sentence: ‘I want to do a show about the people who put the yellow cartridge in the food replicator so a banana can come out the other end.’ His cat’s name is Riker. His son’s name is Sagan. The man is committed. He’s brilliantly funny and knows every inch of every Trek episode, and that’s his secret sauce: he writes with the pure, joyful heart of a true fan. As we broaden the world of ‘Trek’ to fans of all ages, we’re so excited to include Mike’s extraordinary voice.”
McMahan went on to share his thoughts about being able to work on the animated Star Trek series, saying:
“As a life-long Trekkie, it’s a surreal and wonderful dream come true to be a part of this new era of Star Trek. While Star Trek: Lower Decks is a half-hour, animated show at its core, it’s undeniably Trek – and I promise not to add an episode at the very end that reveals the whole thing took place in a training program.”
Julie McNamara, EVP, Original Content, CBS All Access added:
“We couldn’t have imagined a better creative team to work with on CBS All Access’ first original animated series than Mike McMahan, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Star Trek: Lower Decks is a fantastic complement to our growing lineup of original series and our ongoing expansion of the Star Trek universe on CBS All Access.”
Star Trek: Lower Decks joins Star Trek: Discovery, which returns for Season 2 in January, Star Trek: Short Treks, a series of four short stories that are tied to Discovery and then theres the highly anticipated untitled Star Trek series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard.
Star Trek: The Lower Decks will be the first Star Trek animated series since Star Trek: The Animated Series in 1973! It sounds like it will be a lot of fun!