CBS has announced the title of its upcoming TV series and has also confirmed that a new spaceship will be introduced in the show named USS Discovery. It has also been revealed when in the "Star Trek" timeline the series will take place.
As reported by Gizmodo, the latest spaceship Discovery is based on an alternate design for iconic Star Trek spaceship Enterprise. McQuarrie had created the new design for "Star Trek: Planet of the Titans." Unfortunately, the series never saw light of the day.
When asked how much the Discovery is influenced by McQuarrie's design, Bryan Fuller, the executive producer of "Star Trek: Discovery," said that it was "to a point that we can't legally comment on it until we figure out some things."
Though the images of Discovery have surfaced over the internet recently, co-executive producer Heather Kadin has said that the design is not the final one and there might be some changes once the series airs in January 2017, as reported by Trek Movie.
Though McQuarrie's ship never came into existence, there were actual models produced based on it. These models have shown up in previous "Star Trek" movies.
One of the models was shown in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock." In the movie, the ship was docked near USS Enterprise. It appeared again in "Next Generation" episode titled "Unification I."
"Star Trek: Discovery" will also introduce new characters in the "Prime Timeline" of the Star Trek franchise. The cast will consist of minority, female, and LGBTQ characters, as Fuller has expressed interest in introducing a diversified crew; something that was not much seen in previous instalments of the franchise.
Fans will have to wait for more details regarding the series as the name of the cast members has not yet been officially announced. "Star Trek: Discovery" will premiere in January 2017. The exact air date is yet to be revealed by CBS.