CBS’ $25 million maestro Alex Kurtzman discusses the show, hitting a wall with Universal’s monster movies and learning from his ‘Mummy’ mistakes. Behind the plain red door, affixed with only a Ring video doorbell and address lettering, lies 17,000 square feet of converted commercial office space that functions as a hub for all things Star Trek – and doubles as an adult clubhouse of sorts for the Discovery showrunner and film scribe behind such behemoth hits as Mission: Impossible III, Transformers and the 2009 Star Trek feature that reignited the franchise. Each glass-walled room is stuffed with sci-fi memorabilia that would fill genre fans with envy: original artwork from The Fly, a key prop from Back to the Future, a rare Darth Vader mask, and more vintage Trek paraphernalia than can be counted. In the summer, Kurtzman – who has collaborated with Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof – signed a five-year, $25 million overall deal to expand CBS’ Star Trek slate. The L.A. native – who lives in Santa Monica with his wife, Samantha Kurtzman-Counter, and their 12-year-old son, Jack – has a lot to say about Star Trek, hitting a wall with Universal’s monster movies and nabbing the rights to James Comey’s book. What was the mandate for Trek when you signed your overall CBS deal? Is there a cap on how many Star Trek shows is too many?
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