Alex Kurtzman Gives Update on ‘Star Trek: Section 31’


A “Star Trek: Discovery” spin-off in regards to the Starfleet black ops group Section 31 has been within the works for over two years. The show is ready to star Michelle Yeoh, who performed Phillipa Georgiou in all three seasons of “Discovery.” CBS formally introduced the sequence in 2019, but it surely’s confronted a number of setbacks since then.

Earlier in 2021, “Star Trek” showrunner Alex Kurtzman hinted that the venture had been placed on the again burner. He informed Variety that “Section 31” probably would not premiere till one of many present Trek reveals finishes its run. However, only a few months in the past, Yeoh and “Discovery” alum Shazad Latif stated work on the show was nonetheless ongoing.

In a latest interview with the Producers Guild of America, Kurtzman and fellow showrunner Michelle Paradise confirmed that work on the show is at present taking place.

‘Section 31’ Has Scripts

Kurtzman assured the hosts of the dialog that “Section 31” had not been misplaced within the shuffle, simply delayed.

“We’re really previous our first script. We have a few scripts. And Covid frankly simply modified the sport for everyone and each show. We have been on a really particular schedule that then bought thrown utterly out of whack due to Covid.”

He went on to say that every one the live-action “Star Trek” reveals skilled important delays due to the pandemic. The solely reveals that weren’t impacted have been “Star Trek: Lower Decks” and “Star Trek: Prodigy” as a result of they’re animated.

“We’re really on a fantastic observe, I believe, with ‘Section 31’ and I’m very optimistic about it.”

So, work on “Section 31” is plugging alongside, however there’s nonetheless lots to be performed earlier than manufacturing can start.

Setting Up Georgiou for ‘Section 31’

Kurtzman stated that the workforce behind “Discovery” gave quite a lot of thought to how the show’s third season would arrange the premiere of “Section 31.” He stated it was crucial to them to wrap up Georgiou’s storylines within the “Discovery” universe in a means that tied into the spinoff.

“It’s clearly no secret that we have been engaged on Michelle’s spinoff show for ‘Section 31.’ So, the large query was the way to do it in an natural means, the way to do it in a means that paid off the connection arc that was arrange from the start. It’s no accident that “Discovery,” within the pilot they’re strolling via the desert, and of their ultimate episode they’re strolling via the snow in a visible echo of what we did within the premiere… In understanding that we have been going to deliver Michelle into ‘Section 31,’ we would have liked to offer her an applicable goodbye that tied up quite a lot of the story threads that we arrange from the premiere of season one.”

Kurtzman additionally hinted that Georgiou’s dangerous habits from the Terran universe would comply with her to the “Section 31” spinoff.

“Georgiou has actually by no means confronted in an sincere means the results of her selections as a Terran. And the nearer that she will get to the crew of Discovery, with whom she’s very bonded and doesn’t need to say so, the extra she is compelled to reckon with these selections.”

Paradise jumped in, saying that it was a really aware option to have Georgiou be taught and develop within the third season.

“Taking her again to the place she started was the easiest way to show how a lot she’s grown with our heroes on Discovery. When we meet her, she’s by no means thrilled to be introduced over into this world. Along seasons one and two, we see her bumping up in opposition to our crew, up in opposition to Burnham. This season, specifically, there are locations alongside the way in which the place we very particularly tried to spotlight… you are not my Michael, you are not my Georgiou… For Georgiou, specifically, she had this concept of her Burnham as the right Burnham for her. So, to take her again to a spot the place she must really see that Burnham and interact with that Burnham, and see who she is now in that world. And that that world is now one thing that now not matches, that she has modified. It felt to us like that was the easiest way to show that change was to see that via her personal eyes.”

Paradise ended by saying that it was “powerful” to say goodbye to Yeoh as a result of she was so great to work with.

“Discovery” arrange a plethora of storylines for the “Section 31” spinoff to work with. Hopefully, followers will get to see that repay when the show lastly premieres.

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John Smith
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