A remaster of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is finally being produced by CBS Studios and Secret Hideout.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Remaster Details
- Has Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Been Remastered Before?
- What Other Star Trek Remasters Can We Expect?
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Remaster Details
While details about the project are still being kept under wraps, The Vulcan Reporter can reveal that this remaster will be developed by FX3X, a VFX company located in Skopje, Macedonia, and Los Angeles, California. A 4K scan of the original filmed footage will be used for the remaster. Furthermore, the remaster will include new VFX that will be created using AI.
Founded in 1997 with a team of just 12, FX3X has grown to become one of the industry’s success stories. FX3X is now one of the world’s largest providers of visual effects for Film and Television with facilities in Skopje, Macedonia, and Los Angeles, California. FX3X now has a dedicated staff of 300 employees worldwide covering the entire gamut from pre-production tasks, on-set work to post-production services. FX3X has worked on previous Star Trek series such as Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard. FX3X will also be working on the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which follows Captain Christopher Pike, Number One, Spock, and the crew of the USS Enterprise.
Has Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Been Remastered Before?
While this might be the first time you’re hearing about an official Star Trek: Deep Space Nine remaster, this is not the first time we have seen officially remastered Star Trek: Deep Space Nine footage.
What We Left Behind – Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space is a documentary that takes a retrospective look at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, its influence, meaning, and legacy. The documentary was produced by 455 Films and directed by Ira Steven Behr and David Zappone and includes over 20 minutes of remastered footage from the series, including some special effects shots, spanning all seven seasons, which involved scanning 400 reels of 35mm film.
Before the Deep Space Nine documentary was released, fans didn’t even think a Deep Space Nine remaster was possible. Back in 2017, TrekNews.net held an interview with the writer, director, producer, and editor of the bonus features found on The NextGeneration and Enterprise Blu-ray sets, Robert Meyer Burnett. This is what Burnett had to say about the topic of remastering Deep Space Nine (and Voyager) and why it most likely will not happen:
A complicated question with a simple answer; It takes way too much time and money to remaster DS9 and Voyager into HD.
We are now happy to report that a Deep Space Nine remaster is actually in development. Let’s hope that a Voyager remaster is next.
What Other Star Trek Remasters Can We Expect?
Deep Space Nine won’t be the first Star Trek series that gets a remaster, as other Star Trek series (and even films) have gotten remastered releases before.
A remastered version of Star Trek: The Original Series was announced for broadcast syndication on 1 August 2006 by CBS Paramount Television. Beginning with the fourteenth episode of the series, the episodes were digitally remastered to 1080p HD video, and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 Surround audio standards. The opening theme was re-recorded in digital stereo with new vocals by Elin Carlson, and William Shatner’s opening monologue was remastered from the original elements. Many of the visual effects were also recreated using CGI by CBS Digital.
It was announced on the 24th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s premiere, 28 September 2011, that the series was set to be remastered. The specifications of the remaster were similar to the remaster of The Original Series (1080p HD video, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 Surround audio). The remaster was released on Blu-ray and eventually, broadcast syndication in 2012.
Even Star Trek: The Animated Series was remastered, for Blu-Ray. The remastered Star Trek: The Animated Series Blu-ray set was released in 2016 as part of the Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection. The remastered versions of the first ten Star Trek films were released from 2009 to 2010, on both DVD and Blu-Ray.
Besides Deep Space Nine, Star Trek series that have yet to be remastered include Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. We have some good news though: the production team behind the What We Left Behind – Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space documentary, 455 Films, is currently crowdfunding for a Voyager documentary. This documentary might include remastered Voyager footage, which would pave the way for a full remaster of the series. Star Trek: Enterprise most likely will not be getting a remaster anytime soon, seeing as how it is the most recent non-Kurtzman Star Trek series released.