Alex Kurtzman Agrees to Five-Year CBS TV Studios Pact

Alex Kurtzman at the "Star Trek: Discovery" TV show premiere, Los Angeles, 19 Sep 2017. Photo by Michael Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9067297ap)

Alex Kurtzman has renewed his deal with CBS Television Studios.

The executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery has signed a five-year extension with the studio. The new contract entails Kurtzman as the sole showrunner of the sci-fi series.

Kurtzman is also set to expand the Star Trek franchise. He will be developing a new series, miniseries as well as animated content and other projects.

“There is a very short list of writer-producer-directors that every film and television studio wants to be associated with, and Alex and his Secret Hideout team are always at the top,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios in a statement.

“His talent, taste and ability to shepherd a successful project is unparalleled. Alex has done remarkable work for our Studio, dating back seven years to the launch of Hawaii Five-O, and we are thrilled that he, Heather and their team will be partnering with us for a long time to come.”

Rumors are also circulating that Patrick Stewart might potentially reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard in another Star Trek series. CBS have declined confirming the rumor, although the actor has recently teased his potential return to the franchise. Talking with Red Carpet News TV, he said that he had not seen Star Trek: Discovery yet, but he “may have good cause to look at it very soon.”