CBS's new Star Trek series has finally found its Starfleet Commander, and he goes by the name of Bryan Fuller. You may be familiar with this showrunner's work on Hannibal and Pushing Daisies, and after nearly two decades, he's making a return to his Trekkie days, steering the helm of the show's latest incarnation.
Fuller first appeared on the scene as a writer on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and then continued on with Star Trek: Voyager. He explains that he has been pushing for another series for a while, as Star Trek has held a deeply rooted place in his heart since his childhood:
“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 Battlecruiser 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.”
Alex Kurtzman was a writer and producer on 2009's Star Trek and 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness, and will serve as this new series' executive producer. Kurtzman says:
“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.”
2016 is barely upon us, and 2017 might seem light years away, but CBS is aiming for a 2017 release. No information has been released about the new series' story concept, but Fuller is set on bringing back the spirit of the old series with similar "colors and attitude," as he thinks it's gotten too "cold over the years."
Back in 2013, Fuller said that if he were to revive Star Trek, he would do as such:
“I think let that be the movies and let that be their story. I would love to do something on the Reliant… I want Angela Bassett to be the captain, that’s who I would love to have, you know Captain Angela Bassett and First Officer Rosario Dawson. I would love to do that version of the show and but that’s in the future to be told.”
Well the future is now! Fuller has been recently occupied with American Gods and the Amazing Stories reboot, but I know he'll be able to squeeze in some time to fly into outer space and trek the stars.
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]