Ever since Enterprise got yanked off the air, everyone in the universe has tried to pitch a new Star Trek TV series. William Shatner, Bryan Singer, J. Michael Straczynski, Jonathan Frakes…all of them have tried to bring Trek back to the airwaves, so you’ll have to forgive us if we’re not too impressed when some new guy who we’ve never heard of is trying to do it too.
Who’s the new guy? He’s David G. Foster. If he doesn’t sound familiar (and there’s no reason he should), here’s how he describes himself on the website of his production company 1947 Entertainment:
I worked extensively in the art & entertainment industries, supporting science fiction television and film such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, Xena Warrior Princess, Hercules, and many more. I worked with directors, writers, actors, and production crew in various venues. The Sci-Fi Industry also provided many opportunities for extensive travel and interaction with dedicated and obsessive fans from all sectors of life. This work and my passion for science fiction & art drove me to design cutting-edge imagery born from an active imagination.
During this time, I was able to study some aspects of production from the art department to directing while on the sets of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager with cast and crew that included Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, and Michael Piller.
I served as script-consultant and advisor for Richard Hatch in the production of Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming. This is where I was also given an opportunity to act, but didn’t really catch the ‘acting bug.’ I suppose that to me, acting was delivering someone else’s vision, while my own vision could be written and produced.
According to IMDB, he did serve as script consultant (and uncredited actor) on Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming. Now, you should know that this isn’t the Sci Fi Channel series we’re talking about, but a trailer for a proposed reboot of the property made by original Galactica actor Richard Hatch before the Sci Fi series started. There doesn’t seem to be any evidence of him being involved with any of the other properties he mentions in his bio. As for 1947 Entertainment, it looks like it’s just made a sci-fi short called Clockwork Infinity.
Now if that doesn’t make you suspicious that this pitch isn’t going to be greenlit anytime soon, how about this detail:
The production is currently seeking an executive producer to help pitch the project to CBS.
They don’t even have a pitch lined up. Yeah, this isn’t going anywhere. After all, if Kirk and Riker couldn’t get it done with their connections, what are the odds that Foster can do it?
Oh, and if you’re still interested, the pitch would take place in the original Star Trek timeline sometime after Voyager. Not that it really matters.