CBS is about to launch the first new Star Trek television series in over a decade, but that may be just the beginning.
"I think the idea might be that there are more Star Trek series [further down the line]," Kurtzman tells Digital Spy.
Kurtzman gets even more specific, saying that Bryan Fuller's original idea for Star Trek: Discovery to be an anthology series may still be used in the future.
"I think that's totally possible," Kurtzman says. "It was a really cool idea, but it wasn't necessarily an idea that everyone immediately agreed with."
That said, Kurtzman is still pleased with the direction that Star Trek: Discovery is headed in now.
"It's a cool idea, but at the same time, I've now fallen in love with the characters on this ship [Discovery]," Kurtzman said of abandoning the show's original anthology premise. "I like seeing them. I like being with them. And I wouldn't necessarily want to throw them away at the end of the season for a new show.
"I would not want to limit our storytelling, especially given the topics that we're bringing up this season. It's not just one season's worth of television."
In addition to Fuller's anthology pitch, there have also been rumors that a Star Trek prequel focusing on the life of Khan Noonian Singh is also in development. Khan is the villain introduced in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Space Seed" who returned in the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which is returning to theaters in celebration of its 35th anniversary.
Star Trek: Discovery will take a new approach to storytelling in the Star Trek universe by being a fully serialized series without any standalone episodes.
Set 10 years prior to the five-year mission of the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Original Series, 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 will debut on Sept. 24.