I would be interested to see how a “boldly going” AOS film looks and performs. But let’s be honest: there has not been a Trek movie about exploration, with the possible exception of the Grissom’s mission to the Genesis Planet, or maybe the hijacked Enterprise in ST:V going to the center of the Galaxy in a couple of hours (makes five minutes to Kronos seem slow by comparison). We all know how fandom regards those two “odd numbered” films. (Yes, I am generalizing, and I know you are the one fan who loved TSFS and TFF; one fan doesn’t bring the bank.)
The problem is this: a hard SF, villainless, man Vs. nature kind of movie doesn’t draw a lot of audience. That’s a big issue for Paramount in a film. It’s certainly an argument for why Trek belongs on the small screen in weekly doses. Now, I love the big loud movies and think all those Trek Universes are big enough to periodically give me some raw adventure like STID (a film I will defend to my dying breath, but that’s not the point). But if I as a Trekkie want to have a deeper character driven melodrama as has gone before, I need to recognize that’s the stuff of television. I’d like to see Paramount keep giving us the flashy movies, because I enjoy the heck out of them, but CBS should think about a “Game of Thrones” or “Walking Dead” model. Ten really solid arc driven episodes focusing that season’s budget.
Even better, how about an “American Horror Story” model, where the series itself is something of an anthology, and each season could be a different era or focus?