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Many projects have been partially developed for Star Trek beginning in the 1970s. There have also been deleted scenes for completed projects.

Movies

Untitled movie project

Gene Roddenberry approached Paramount Pictures with the idea of a Star Trek movie as early as 1973. Roddenberry wanted Herb Solow (formerly the Desilu executive in charge of production on the first two seasons of Star Trek) to produce the film. He also wanted Solow to negiotiate with Paramount in his behalf. Roddenberry based the plot idea on the outline "A Question of Cannibalism" in his 1964 series proposal, Star Trek is... (the title was reworked as "The Cattlemen"). Solow thought the script had to be heavily rewritten, because "it did not foreshadow an enjoyable night at the movies". Despite this, Paramount was eager on the project, however Roddenberry refused to accept the screenwriting fee and equity proposed by the studio. After several unsuccessful negiotiations, Paramount backed away from the project and the movie was never made. Solow commented that the studio could've made the film without Roddenberry, but they did not want to alienate the fanbase. (Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, pp. 420-421, 430)

Nemesis follow-up

An eleventh Star Trek movie was initially planned during production on the tenth film, Star Trek Nemesis. Nemesis co-writers John Logan and Brent Spiner intended to follow that film with a "crossover" sequel. After Nemesis failed financially, however, this plan was abandoned. [1]

Live-action television series

Animated Star Trek

1970s series

Before the making of Star Trek: The Animated Series was given the go-ahead, one concept for an animated series that was offered to Gene Roddenberry involved the Enterprise crew landing on strange planets and shooting everything on sight that was different or seemed ugly. (The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, p. 18)

1990 animated Star Trek

In 1990, Paramount Pictures attempted to sell an idea for an animated series that combined characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: The Original Series. None of the networks or syndicators at the time were interested in the series and it was unsold. Rick Berman said such a project would have "diluted the franchise."

Cel art from this series has been seen in various Star Trek conventions over the years, and it has been stated to be well-drawn.

CGI cartoon based on the original series

In the late 1990s, Paramount briefly considered creating CGI original series cartoon inspired by the success of Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, and the art (using motion capture for the characters) of the unreleased game Star Trek: Secret of Vulcan Fury. [7]

Star Trek: The Lions of the Night

Around 2003 Star Trek: The Lions of the Night was the concept by writer Jimmy Diggs to produce a movie era CGI animated Star Trek adventure. He described the plot the following way: "... Captain Sulu takes command of the USS Enterprise-B and must stop a Kzinti invasion of Federation Space." Artist Court Jones created several sketches to depict a new concept of Kzinti that were looking more dangerous as well as a concept of how the Kzinti assault fleet would look.

The material of this animated series was recycled by the writer for an article in Star Trek: Communicator (issue #149) and later for the undeveloped Star Trek: Enterprise season 5 episode "Kilkenny Cats".

Alternate reality series

After the release of Star Trek, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman pitched an animated series to CBS, similar to their series Transformers: Prime for The Hub.[8] However, Orci said the success of the first film did not indicate whether a new show would be viable, explaining "one movie doesn't make a trend. Two movies starts to indicate that there is a trend and its viable. It will become more real as the year goes on."[9]

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