The announced merger of CBS and Viacom will reunify the Star Trek franchise.
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Since 2006, the television rights belonged to CBS while the film rights went to Viacom.
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Viacom rebooted the film franchise in 2009 through its subsidiary Paramount Pictures.
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While initially successful, the rebooted film series experienced diminishing returns.
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Development of a fourth film has stalled and remains uncertain, with Quentin Tarantino tentatively attached.
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Meanwhile, the television franchise has thrived with new series on CBS All Access.
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After the success of Star Trek: Discovery, CBS has expanded its plans for the franchise.
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Under one company, future films may be influenced by the franchise's television success.
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