Star Trek: Discovery, the latest installment in the popular science fiction franchise, is set to reach audiences this fall. And according to its showrunner, the series draws influence from the old and new of the world of Star Trek - including the recent reboot films.
Aaron Harberts recently revealed that while Discovery will take thematic elements from shows such as Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation, its visual cues have a bit of the flair seen in the J.J. Abrams-spearheaded film reboot.
"Just visually speaking," Harberts explained to Entertainment Weekly, "there’s also a little hint in terms of what J.J. Abrams did, a little bit, in terms of some of the visuals."
Abrams first made his mark on the fictional universe with 2009's Star Trek, which was then followed by Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond.
According to Harberts, Discovery will also be visually influenced by Star Trek: the Motion Picture - particularly in terms of aspect ratio.
"In terms of scope and scale, there’s something about Star Trek: The Motion Picture that really speaks to us as well." Harberts revealed. "CBS has allowed us to find a cinematic language that’s wider in scope — our aspect ratio is 2:1 — and it just lends itself to a very lyrical way of telling the story."
Star Trek: Discovery was created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman. Fuller was originally intended to be Discovery's showrunner but was forced step down due to commitments to Starz' adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts have taken over as showrunners.
Star Trek: Discovery takes place roughly a decade prior to the five-year mission of Star Trek: The Original Series. In breaking with franchise tradition, the show’s main protagonist will not be a captain. Instead, it will be First Officer Michael Burnham, played by The Walking Dead alum Sonequa Martin-Green.
Star Trek: Discovery follows the adventures of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series will feature a new ship, new characters, and new missions while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.
Star Trek: Discovery’s cast also includes Jason Isaacs as the starship Discovery's Captain Lorca, Rainn Wilson as Star Trek: The Original Series character Harry Mudd, James Frain as Sarek, Spock’s father, and Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, the captain of another Starfleet ship, the Shenzhou, which will be important to the plot of Star Trek: Discovery. Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp both play science officers. Mary Wiseman will play a final year Starfleet Academy cadet.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sept. 24, 2017.
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