It is truly wonderful that fans’ fascination with Star Trek continues after fifty years, and we’re glad to be developing new stories for the timeline that follows the Original Series.
We’d like to take a few minutes to tell you a little bit about what we think is a unique and exciting take on the world of Trek. You may remember in the 1970’s, NBC had an interesting anthology series called the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie. Each week, it would feature a different detective story. There was “Macmillan and Wife” starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James, “Heck Ramsey” starring Richard Boone, “McCloud” starring Dennis Weaver, and who can forget “Columbo” starring Peter Falk.
The concept for “Star Trek Anthology” will be very much the same. Each segment of the series will take place primarily in the original Trek series period. Our premier episode will feature our tent-pole production, “Starship Challenger,” the story of Captain JM Colt and the crew of the Challenger, a Miranda-Class Starship, as they explore the outer rim of the galaxy…
…but that is where Trek canon ends. Where Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek was a “Wagon Train to the Stars,” Starship Challenger is more of an “Express Train to the Twilight Zone.” Throw in a pinch of “Galaxy Quest” and “Outer Limits,” and well, you kind of get the idea.
The pilot is written and ready to shoot, as well as a second episode…and a very funny and moving vignette. Challenger may be a common thread that runs through our other planned series, such as “Assignment: Earth” and “Mother.”
An accomplished stage director, James A. Bray has worked in theatre for nearly 40 years. He has acted, produced, directed, designed and built sets and props as well as done special FX makeup. He has owned his own theatre company; “Stage Door Productions” and has also produced several short films. He lives in Northern Vermont with his wife, Jodi and their two kids, Ethan and Kaylee. Even their cat, “Shadow” is involved in production, playing the character, “Isis”; Gary Seven’s black cat, for Anthology’s segment of Assignment: Earth.
James has worked with Starship AJAX and Star Trek New Voyages Phase II as a makeup artist, set designer and prop maker. He’s very grateful and excited for this opportunity to produce a new show.