Yesterday CBS and Viacom announced a new merger that marked a reunion between the two business units for the first time in nearly thirteen years. A new company called ViacomCBS will emerge (pending completion of the agreement), and brands such as Paramount Pictures, CBS, Showtime, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and more will all be under the same umbrella. [1
According to Deadline, the Trek franchise now operates under the same ownership for the first time since 2005. A 2017 report showed that because characters like Kirk, Spock and Uhura were used during ] JJ Abrams produced films, they were not eligible to be used on the small screen at that time. The deadline means that when the film series "seemed to go into interrupted animation last year" as a result of the disappointment worldwide that Box Box winnings from Star Trek Beyond allowed for the rule on the characters not shown on TV being jettisoned 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 might 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 call yesterday, ViacomCBS Manager Bob Bakish stated that both Trek and Mission: Impossible franchises have great potential to "lift all corporate platforms." Translation: we can get a new one Mission: Impossible TV show for the first time since 1990. The original series ran from 1968-1973 and briefly resurrected in 1988 for a two-year set, with only actors Peter Graves returns in the lead role.
But since this franchise is now best known for its mega-blockbuster Tom Cruise movies, will a new TV series be able to have the same draw? It's a tall order for a TV / streaming show to be able to capture the captivating, jaw-dropping, "holy crap" stunt work that makes these movies real movie events and a cruise-free version of this property hasn't seen in 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, would 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 work alongside the films in continuity, similar to Marvel's upcoming Disney + program. Time will show … and when I talk about time, I would suggest you click away now because this article will spoil in five seconds.
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