We have around 11 months until we get a new STAR TREK series on TV--the first since STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE ended back in 2005, over a decade ago. Talk of a new series hasn't ceased since then, and until I actually see the show on my TV screen, I won't believe that it's coming back yet. But regardless of what I'm able to believe, the folks over at CBS are hard at work at making sure something does hit the airwaves in 2017.
Deadline is reporting that Bryan Fuller has been hired as the showrunner for the 2017 CBS series. For those unfamiliar with the man's body of work, his career started on STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, and continued into STAR TREK: VOYAGER in the early 2000s. However, Fuller has gone on to create the amazing--yet short-lived--series PUSHING DAISIES, as well as the highly-acclaimed--and also short-lived--series HANNIBAL.
Fuller had the following to say about his being brought on to helm the series:
“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.”
Alex Kurtzman, executive producer, as well as writer of the previous two STAR TREK films had the following to say:
“Bringing Star Trek back to STAR TREK 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.”
Of course, the arrival of the series will be coming just in time to celebrate the franchise's 50th anniversary. In light of the this, and the hiring of Fuller, CBS TV Studios president David Stapf commented:
“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.”
Readers may also recognize Fuller's name, as he is attached to adapt the Neil Gaiman novel AMERICAN GODS into a Starz series. Deadline states that STAR TREK will not in any way interfere with that adaptation.
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