– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Image via CBS

Image via CBS

Uh-oh. This doesn’t look good.

Fans have been salivating for a new Star Trek series since immediately after the last one went off the air. As amazing as the recent J.J. Abrams Star Trek films have been, there’s no denying that what the series offered and what the films offered are completely two different things. Where the films offer fun action popcorn fare, the series (in its many incarnations) is slower, and more philosophical in nature.

As such, many fans were cautiously optimistic when it was announced that Star Trek: Discovery would continue that tradition. I say “cautiously optimistic,” because CBS opted to only make it available for their CBS All Access subscribers — a move which would surely limit its audience. Regardless, the project moved forward.

Turns out all was not completely well, however. Last month, it was announced that the series would be pushed from January 2017 to May 2017. 

Well, it turns out that was only the first of its problems.

Now, Variety is reporting that Star Trek: Discovery’s showrunner Bryan Fuller has stepped back from his role. The reason? Apparently Fuller has too much on his plate between two other shows, American Gods and the currently-untitled Amazing Stories revival. Sources told the outlet that there was a strain between Fuller and CBS when it became clear that he wouldn’t be able to devote the time needed to have the series hit its premiere date. Thus, stepping down became the right choice.

Don’t expect this to delay the release of the series, however. His showrunning duties have been handed over to fellow executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts. Additionally, Fuller won’t be exiting the project completely, and has opted to stay on as an executive producer, and as far as everyone is concerned, the vision he’s kickstarted will be followed through with, as Fuller has penned two scripts and hashed out the broader story and mythology. It would be a waste for them to throw all that work away, and considering that Berg and Harberts were already working closely with Fuller, let’s hope the transition will be handled smoothly.

What do you make of this news? Is this a bad omen for Star Trek: Discovery? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.