Exclusive: CBS All Access Revives Khan Prequel Series ‘Star Trek: Ceti Alpha V’
I have learned that CBS All Access intends to revive the previously canceled Wrath of Khan Star Trek prequel series, titled Ceti Alpha V.
In a now-removed article, Geek Exchange revealed that Nicholas Meyer was working on a limited Star Trek series that takes place before the Wrath of Khan movie. Meyer’s series would reportedly take place after the events of Star Trek original series episode “Space Seed,” where Kirk drops Khan (originally played by the late Ricardo Montalbán) and his crew off on Ceti Alpha V to start their own colony, but before the events of the Wrath of Khan movie.
Just last year, Meyer revealed more details about his rumored series, confirming that it’s real. I have listed everything he revealed below:
I was commissioned to write a 3-hour or 3-night event, and that’s what I did. It’s called Ceti Alpha V and I don’t know the current status. It’s been up in the air. Partially, there was a lot of confusion between CBS, and there were big upheavals at CBS and while they sort of didn’t know who was in charge, they also didn’t know what they were going to do with Ceti Alpha V. I’m not exactly sure what’s happened, I haven’t heard from them in some time. It’s very good. It’s a terrific trilogy. I think one of the things that happened is they’re not sure that a trilogy is long enough to warrant the cost of doing it. Maybe it should be something longer, or … I don’t know the details of their thinking, because I haven’t heard them.
It was reported that the series was put on hold, and eventually canceled, because of legal trouble between Viacom’s Paramount and CBS. Ceti Alpha V would need to reference both the television series made by CBS and the Wrath of Khan movie made by Paramount. The series won’t be facing this problem anymore, as Viacom and CBS have completely merged into ViacomCBS.
The question is, will Nicholas Meyer be attached to this revival? I don’t think he will. When looking into this a month or two ago, I emailed Meyer to ask about the revival. He stated that the show is not coming back. Now I know that it is coming back, so this means that Meyer is not in the loop. It’s obvious that they are moving on with the reworked version of this show without Meyer. Poor guy. They might still be using his old scripts but it will definitely be directed by someone else, I think.
The series will be produced by the production studio behind Netflix’s upcoming Vikings: Valhalla show (which I have heard lots of things about, but I’ll save that for another article). This crew will be producing Star Trek shows in between production of Vikings: Valhalla seasons.