Thanks to the sources we get to speak to we have been able to give you the news on all the big Sci-fi franchises over and over again… On Star Trek Legacy we dropped nearly a year ago that Paramount had always planned to make the series and the whole “listening to fans” bluff was just a game the creators over at secret hideout like to play to get fans excited.
It was never IF the show would get made but WHEN.
However there was one slight issue. PAYING for the series.
Paramount is in significant financial difficulty and the controlling owner of the companies shares are in the process of selling, meaning there is about to be a new owner over at Paramount Global. All of this is leading to redundancies and cost cutting across the board… Including a general cut to the budgets of TV shows, including Star Trek, of around 30%.
But Paramount and Secret Hideout do have a plan that will let them keep producing more and more Star Trek.
Let someone else pay for it.
Now this is not new. Paramount has been doing this for year with new Star Trek. Netflix and Amazon Prime have both been production partners with Paramount and Secret Hideout and both of those streaming Goliaths have helped foot the bill for shows like Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks and now Prodigy. It was hoped to move new shows to Paramount+ exclusively and that the growth of that streaming service would fund new projects but the plan has not worker out quite as well as hoped so they are back to the original plan and a deal with Prime for Legacy has been agreed.
According to a source at Amazon and confirmed independently SciTrek has learned that this deal was agreed and signed in the last few weeks. The deal will be similar to the recent Picard deal and will mean that in the United States the new series will premiere on Paramount+ but internationally it will Premiere on Prime. I am told it will still be seen on Paramount+ in the UK and other territories but only a day or two it airs on Prime.
So Prime are stepping up and keeping the dream of Legacy alive. We will see the Enterprise G missions with Captain 7 of 9 after all. BUT WHEN?
Well according to the sources this could really be announced at any time and recently Secret Hideout and Paramount have had a bad habit of releasing news very randomly, probably because they have a lot of leaks at Paramount so have little choice but announce. however the source does say that they think the announcement will be a few months away yet. This deal is the how is it going to be paid for, they still have a lot to figure out until they can really expect to go public. We suspect the announcement will be sometime in the late spring or early summer.
What we do know though is that the plan is for filming of the series and the planned Picard/TNG movie to film back to back in the late summer early Autumn 2024.
Why is that you may ask?
Well sources are telling me that the current plan is for the first season of Legacy to lead into the Picard movie. Now this is the other way around to recent rumours where we heard that the Picard movie was going to be used as a catalyst to kick start the Legacy series but hey, we cant get everything right. Whether this is just a change in plan or if Amazon have had something to do with this we just don’t know.
The Picard movie though does seem to be a part of this deal with Amazon as it looks like the Picard/TNG movie will actually Premiere first on Prime behind a paywall. Yes that is right when the film does first come out it will be on Prime and we will have to pay to rent it. It will then later air on Paramount+ as part of our subscriptions.
So Star Trek Legacy is on its way and we should have the official announcement soon.
But is all this definite? No of course not because there is one massive problem. Paramount!
As we said Paramount Global will probably have new owners at some point this year and when that happens it is impossible to say what the new landscape at the media giant will look like. If they merge with Warner that is one thing but if totally new owners come in that is another. We are already seeing redundancies and cuts in budgets as the business struggles with 15 Billion in debt and whoever comes in and take over the company will probably want to cut even deeper in the search of one day making back their investment.
What this means for Star Trek? We do not know but for now they have a plan… And Legacy will be on our screens in 2025 if that plan comes together.