Thursday, August 5, 2021

Starfleet Academy Star Trek Series in Development at Paramount+

During an interview with The New York Times, filmmaker and producer Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Clarice) revealed that Paramount+ is developing a series centered on the Starfleet Academy.RELATED: Paramount+’s Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 2 Trailer ReleasedEmmy-nominated Kurtzman has produced five shows in the Star Trek universe for Paramount+, including Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, the adult animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks, the upcoming Paramount/Nickelodeon animated series Star Trek: Prodigy, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, debuting in 2022. The outlet confirmed that another project, Section 31 starring Michelle Yeoh in her reprised role as Captain Philippa Georgiou is also in the works along with a “show built around the Starfleet Academy, which will be aimed at a younger audience.”It has not yet been confirmed if the Starfleet Academy project will be a live-action or animated series.“I think we’re just getting started,” said Kurtzman about the ever-expanding Star Trek universe. “There’s just so much more to be had.”President of CBS Studios David Stapf added: “Anything goes, as long as it can fit into the Star Trek ethos of inspiration, optimism, and the general idea that humankind is good. So comedy, adult animation, kids’ animation — you name the genre, and there’s probably a Star Trek version of it.”RELATED: Star Trek: Prodigy Teaser For Nickelodeon & Paramount+’s Animated SeriesKurtzman, who revealed to the outlet that he “wants to get much weirder with the franchise,” said if it were up to him, he would be “pushing the boundaries much further than I think most people would want. I think we might get there. Marvel has actually proven that you can. But you have to build a certain foundation in order to get there and we’re still building our foundation.”
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    Matt Damon-Led Drama Trailer Released Stillwater

    (Photo Credit: Jessica Forde / Focus Features)Focus Features released the debut Stillwater trailer for the upcoming Matt Damon drama. Damon plays an American oil-rig worker in France that is trying to free his daughter (played by Abigail Breslin), who has been charged with murder. The Tom McCarthy-directed film releases July 30, 2021, so we’re just a few months away from it releasing in theaters.RELATED: Abigail Breslin Joins Matt Damon in StillwaterStillwater focuses on Bill Baker (Damon), an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter, who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter.Alongside Damon (Ford v. Ferrari, The Last Duel), the cast for the film includes Academy Award nominee Breslin (Zombieland: Double Tap, Scream Queens), César Award nominee Camille Cottin (Killing Eve, House of Gucci), and Deanna Dunagan (The Visit, An Acceptable Loss).McCarthy, who last co-wrote and directed the Disney+ film adaptation of Stephen Pastis’ Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, directs the film on a script he co-wrote alongside Marcus Hinchey (All Good Things, Come Sunday), Thomas Bidegain (Rust and Bone, The Sisters Brothers) and Noé Debré (We’re Not Animals, Dheepan).RELATED: Focus Features Sets July Release for Matt Damon-Led StillwaterIn addition to directing, McCarthy is producing the film alongside Steve Golin, Jonathan King, and Liza Chasin, with DreamWorks Pictures co-producing alongside Amblin Partners, Anonymous Content, Participant Media, Slow Pony, and 3dot ProductionsCheck out the newly released Stillwater trailer below:

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