Bosses at U.S. network CBS have recruited Alex Kurtzman to executive produce the show after co-writing and producing recent movie adaptations Star Trek and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness.

A statement released by CBS TV Studios President David Stapf reads: "There is no better time to give Star Trek fans a new series than on the heels of the original show's 50th anniversary celebration.

"Everyone here has great respect for this storied franchise, and we're excited to launch its next television chapter in the creative mind and skilled hands of Alex Kurtzman, someone who knows this world and its audience intimately."

The original Star Trek series, starring William Shatner, George Takei, and the late Leonard Nimoy, debuted in 1966 and spawned five other spin-off shows and multiple big screen releases.

The reboot is expected to introduce new characters to the world created by Gene Roddenberry, but will not be related to the storyline of the forthcoming Star Trek Beyond movie, which will premiere during the 50th anniversary celebrations next summer (16).

Casting details for the new show have yet to be released.