We’ve known for a while that a Star Trek TV series was in development over at CBS which will premiere on the network then continue running on their digital platform CBS All Access. Now it’s confirmed that the series has found its Showrunner in Bryan Fuller.
If the name doesn’t sound familiar, Fuller began his career writing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, but starting growing his career as a showrunner for Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, and Hannibal.
Here’s what Fuller had to say:
“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.”
Executive producer Alex Kurtzman, who worked on the latest Star Trek movies with J.J. Abrams, had this to say about the announcement of Fuller:
“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.”
President of CBS Television, David Stapf, added his comments to the news:
“For the past 50 years, ‘Star Trek’ has been a groundbreaking franchise that not only changed the landscape of television, but made a significant impact on pop culture…When we began discussions about the series returning to television, we immediately knew that Bryan Fuller would be the ideal person to work alongside Alex Kurtzman to create a fresh and authentic take on this classic and timeless series. Bryan is not only an extremely gifted writer, but a genuine fan of ‘Star Trek.’ Having someone at the helm with his gravitas who also understands and appreciates the significance of the franchise and the worldwide fan base was essential to us.”