Alex Kurtzman’s Contract is Extended!!!

Alex Kurtzman’s Contract is Extended!!!

The poster-child for failing upwards has done it again.

Alex Kurtzman’s contract has been extended until 2026 (two years early) and is being paid $150 million to continue doing to Star Trek what Jack the Ripper did to the sex workers in White Chapel.  There were rumors flying around last week, which I didn’t report on because I couldn’t quite believe it.  Although, this became a worrying possibility when Kurtzman hijacked Strange New Worlds away from Akiva Goldman.

Only Chris Chibnall has destroyed a franchise more completely than Alex Kurtzman has destroyed Star Trek. The fanbase could not have more thoroughly rejected it. STD was the lowest-rated show on CBS when it finally went over the air.  With the (presumed we will know for sure by January) fall of Kathleen Kennedy, there is no producer more hated by his franchise’s fans in Hollywood.

Is Hollywood really this stupid?

Of course. Silly question.

How did this thing happen?

That is more complicated.  There are three big issues at play but they are all connected and interconnected.

1. Paramount is in deep trouble.

2. Outside funding.

3. Politics.

Of the Big Five studios, Paramount is easily in the worst shape financially.  They don’t have a big corporate overlord with infinitely deep pockets.  They don’t have a major franchise in production other than Star Trek.  They own a few (TMNT and SpongeBob) but those are moribund. Sumner Redstone’s decision to split Viacom proved to be a disaster, remarrying the two halves of the company has been its own separate disaster.  Paramount Plus is dead last in the Streaming Wars and the only guy who is making any money at all for service is indeed Alex Kurtzman.  The executives are so focused on what little money is coming in that they can’t see just how much is getting left on the table because of Kurtzman Star Trek.

They are sort of like Disney in that regard.  Disney didn’t seem to have a clue how much Star Wars could be worth until Baby Yoda first perked his ears up.

Star Wars had Jon Favreau trying to save it.  Alas, Star Trek has no such paladin fighting for its soul.

Because of Paramount’s dire situation, outside funding is everything.  Star Trek Discovery was eagerly greenlit, and Kurtzman was apparently able to literally write his own contract, all because Netflix agreed to lavishly fund the first two seasons of STD. Picard was funded because Amazon was similarly chumped. For Paramount, external funding isn’t a big thing, it’s the only thing.  However, it looked like the money had finally run out, and with it Kurtzman’s luck.  

But Lucifer always upholds his end of the deal until it’s time to collect on it.  Funding seems to have appeared.

On July 16th, Playmates Toys out of Hong Kong announced that they had inked a deal to produce the first line of Star Trek toys in about ten years.  And they have got everything. Every single character from Kirk to Archer, plus the malignant Mikey Spock and her crew.  All of it.  Star Trek holds magic memories for Playmates, they held the license from 1992-1999 when Star Trek was at its height. I don’t know for certain if Playmates is where the money came from but a short time after the deal was announced, the rumors of Kurtzman’s return to favor started making the rounds.  In any case, there is no doubt in my mind that Alex Kurtzman has found the money from somewhere.

Which brings us to politics.  Kurtzman absolutely has the right politics.  The SJWism infests everything his production company spawns.  One of his shows this fall is called the Comey Rule which is about the fight between James Comey and President Trump, it’s based on Comey’s book. So, yeah…. 

Kurtzman is still following the great promise of getting rid of the old fans and replacing them with new fans.  Getting rid of the old ones is never a problem but the new ones never show up in similar numbers.  

But CBS/Paramount has no idea what they are losing.

Hollywood executives don’t have their pulse on genre fandom or for that matter society in general. They are in their own club and it’s a club where you spend all of your time trying to impress each other.  Fandom is not a part of that club. And they have absolutely no idea how to balance the two, it’s not even an option for them. So, they take the path of least resistance and continue trying to impress each other. They focus on where their bread is buttered, which is keeping the club happy.  They can’t see the opposition from the fan base coming, they have no way to detect it.  

Now, back in competent times, the marketing department would be the one to see this coming.  But Hollywood marketers are so Woke it isn’t possible. The belief system there appears to be, it’s a good thing if the fans are outraged.  Getting people to pay attention to something is half the battle in an age where a TV series that ran for 15 years is still being found by people who had never even heard of it.  The new Woke version of the old thing will get good reviews (true) and attract new, younger fans that haven’t been caught on the “wrong side of history” (Reylos and Stans).  The problem is there is never anywhere near enough Reylos and Stans to support a franchise.

Interestingly, they are still concerned about negative press but only from the mainstream media.  They are unable to process the fact that fan media is a power in its own right and so far it has defied attempts by the Club to control it.  They will buy up a successful fan media outlet, turn it into a shill site and the fans immediately walk away.  Clownfish TV gets more views than Nerdist these days. 

Rotten Tomatoes will play games at the studio insistence to try and invalidate negative fan responses.  I can only assume this is to comfort members of the Club because it never moves the needle with fans, in fact, this does the opposite, creating even more resentment.

Kurtzman’s contract extension isn’t the result of a strategy, it’s the result of an echo chamber.  Covid forced everyone to retreat back from society in general.  Covid acted as a reinforcer to everyone’s echo chambers, this explains in part the hard lurch to the Left the traditional elites had last summer.  

But this also explains why decisions like extending Kurtzman’s contract happen.

So is there any hope for Star Trek?


It’s dead Jim.

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  • WOPR Reply

    I heard about it yesterday and was stunned. JJ has a track record of making money and destroying franchises. You may never make a dime on it after the second or third film, but you will make money up front. Kurtzman is the epitome of failure.

    Hail the victorious dead that is Star Trek!

    August 2, 2021 at 9:39 pm
  • Neurotoxin Reply

    “They can’t see the opposition from the fan base coming, they have no way to detect it.”

    Oh, they know. They keep destroying franchises anyway, for the reason you mentioned in your first sentence: If they create some SJW crap that tanks, they’ll fail upwards.

    August 2, 2021 at 9:45 pm
  • Chris Lopes Reply

    You know Star Trek is dead when the next season of Picard involves………..wait for it……….time travel. What a unique and exciting idea. It’s NEVER been done before. Yep, dead.

    August 2, 2021 at 9:57 pm
  • furor kek tonicus Reply

    you say that the Hollywood Jews don’t know what they’re doing, as if they haven’t been buying up goy companies and gleefully forcing them into bankruptcy for centuries, probably millennia. see; McCrory’s and Sears for two of the more blatant examples.
    when you have no interest in the success of the company and you hate your ( goy ) employees, making decisions which line ((( your pockets ))) is quite easy. especially when you have friends at the Federal Reserve waiting to make the money printer go BBBBBBRRRRRRRRRRRRRR right into your wallet.
    somewhere, an oven is missing it’s Kurtzman.

    August 2, 2021 at 11:12 pm
  • furor kek tonicus Reply

    and, of course, there’s always the ever popular “secret to success” in Hollywood, run a brothel.

    August 3, 2021 at 12:24 am
  • jorgen b Reply

    How can there be Star Trek when NASA can’t even get to the moon? At least Star Wars is set a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.

    August 3, 2021 at 3:23 am
    • Moonglum Reply

      To be fair to Star Trek, its background does have a collapse of civilization in the twenty first century before a renaissance with Cochran the hillbilly inventing warp-drive while living in log cabins in some place like Idaho or Wyoming (or maybe Northern California or Oregon, I can’t recall where First Contact is supposed to be set on Earth).

      August 3, 2021 at 2:15 pm
  • Talos Valcoran Reply

    The problem is there is never anywhere near enough Reylos and Stans to support a franchise.

    Small mercies.

    August 3, 2021 at 9:30 am
  • MrUNIVAC Reply

    Eh, The Force Awakens was the third highest-grossing movie of all time at one point, and I thought it did OK in merchandise even if the main character was a girl in a boys’ franchise. Hell, I have one of those Sphero remote control BB-8s, and at the time I recall there being lots of coverage on YouTube and nerd sites about man-children excited to buy all the new stuff. However, like all Abrams projects, those good feelings ended as soon as people started to reflect and realize how hollow it was.

    Rogue One made a lot more money than they thought it would, even if it cost a lot more due to Kennedy’s meddling and reshoots.

    Star Wars was doing fine (not GREAT, just FINE) until The Last Jedi nuked the franchise.

    August 3, 2021 at 12:50 pm
  • furor kek tonicus Reply

    i have previously given Doomcock crap for being so childish and insipid that he considers sacrosanct and inviolable works of fiction which didn’t even exist before the mid-60s and calls them “culture”.
    well, he’s gone beyond that now.
    Doomcock is now violating the 2nd Commandment, elevating Star Trek and that piece of shit sex pest Roddenberry to the level of “sacred”.
    childish men are given over to childish things … let 40 year olds buy ( or boycott ) their kung fu grip action figures.

    August 5, 2021 at 12:56 am
    • furor kek tonicus Reply

      August 5, 2021 at 12:57 am
    • Eidolon Reply

      Yeah, it’s getting difficult to even listen to the more politically ignorant fan reviewers like DC and even the EFAP crew. They constantly act like it’s a surprise that the same thing happens every time.

      It hurts to realize that things you loved were evil from their inception. Star Trek was always this way. There’s no meaningful difference between TOS and STD.

      If you were a conservative person in the 60’s you’d find TOS shocking and obnoxiously leftist. But since the conservatives have given so much ground since then, what was radical leftism then is unquestionable conservative dogma now.

      They never seem to understand that it was things like Star Trek pushing to the left back then that led to the situation we have now. If they lived in that time they’d have felt the same about TOS as they now feel about STD. People like DC are amazingly ignorant about that. The whole ComicsGate thing is the same.

      They would happily consume the poison propaganda if it was written and delivered well. “You used to make the poison taste like candy. Now it just tastes like poison! Make our poison tasty again!”

      August 5, 2021 at 5:34 pm
      • Codex Reply

        The rot (sin, entropy) is ever-present, and at such me point, at tbe turn of the century, the cultural gatekeepers were replaced with people who did not prioritize Christ, even though Christianity itself was still (so much the worse for us) a positional good.

        Nonetheless the 5th corollary to Burge’s Laws is:

        And once the skin suit stinks and crawls with maggots, claim the institution was always thus.

        August 7, 2021 at 4:29 am

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