Rumours of new Star Trek show filming in Toronto thrills local fans

Toronto trekkies may be abuzz at reports that the next Star Trek television show might be produced here, but network giant CBS isn't confirming any such rumours.

TrekNews reported CBS booked Toronto facility last September for production

Earlier this week, TrekNews reported that CBS booked a facility in Toronto as early as last September to shoot the new Star Trek series, citing reports from entertainment news site Pop Goes The News. (Paramount Pictures)

Toronto trekkies may be abuzz at reports that the next Star Trek television show might be produced here, but network giant CBS isn't confirming any such rumours.

Word in the film industry is that the Star Trek production will boldly go somewhere it's never gone before — outside of Los Angeles.

Earlier this week, TrekNews reported that CBS booked a facility in Toronto as early as last September to shoot the new series, citing reports from entertainment news site Pop Goes The News.

The possibility is thrilling local fans, who took to Twitter to share their excitement.

But in an email to CBC News, the network's vice president of communications Kristen Hall said CBS has not yet in fact confirmed the location for the shooting location of the new series.

Still, local film industry insiders are hopeful.

"We want it," said Nick Iannelli, senior vice president of the post production company Deluxe. 

Iannelli says the company has the technology to make it easy for producers working in  Los Angeles to connect with their Toronto counterparts.

​"They can go home and when it's time to listen to a mix, they can go to one of our studios in LA and we can do a live link for them."

Cinespace Film Studios vice-president Jim Mirkopolous is making his pitch for the franchise to film in Toronto, too.

"We've had lots of experience with sci-fi shows in Toronto," he said. "If it were to land here, it would certainly be a strong statement of confidence in our industry and our crews."

If the city does become the next Star Trek hub, Toronto may just have its mayor to thank.

In February, John Tory carried out a mission of his own to Los Angeles to attract more big-budget blockbusters and productions to the city.

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