New CBS ‘Star Trek’ Series Sets Bryan Fuller as Showrunner
CBS has kept mum on details of a new Star Trek TV series since the announcement that it would debut on CBS All-Access in 2017, and its first announcement brings mostly good news. First off, Hannibal and American Gods showrunner Bryan Fuller will return to his Star Trek past to topline the new series!
Having began his writing career with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and subsequently moving to Voyager, Fuller will headline the new streaming iteration of Star Trek as co-creator and executive producer, while the series looks to chart its own course with new characters and adventures independent of the core franchise. Said Fuller of the opportunity:
My very first experience of Star Trek is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire. It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand-new iteration of Star Trek with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before.
Added executive producer Kurtzman:
Bringing Star Trek back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan’s devoted care. His encyclopedic knowledge of Trek canon is surpassed only by his love for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic future, a vision that continues to guide us as we explore strange new worlds.
And so reads the initial synopsis for the series, which debuts on CBS in January 2017 before moving to All-Access:
The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.
Kurtzman wrote both the 2009 Star Trek reboot and its 2013 sequel with frequent partner Roberto Orci, though we’re told Orci would have no involvement in any new TV series. Surprisingly, the new series will not have any ties to the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, though Moonves called the new series “a world-class effort that will make all Star Trek
It remains for the moment unclear if Fuller’s Star Trek duties will alter work on Starz’s American Gods, but is Fuller the perfect voice for a new Star Trek?
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