– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Image via CBS

Image via CBS

Update: Turns out former showrunner Bryan Fuller, who was still implied to have a hand in the upcoming Trek series has officially relinquished all control, according to a quote from Newsweek.

Here is Fuller’s quote:

“I’m not involved in production, or postproduction, so I can only give them the material I’ve given them and hope that it is helpful for them. I’m curious to see what they do with it.”


Well, if nothing else, there is no denying that Star Trek: Discovery is a part of the Star Trek franchise, if for no other reason than it seems to be hitting every major roadblock under the sun. News of a new Trek series has been going on for as long as anyone can remember, but for some reason or another, nothing culminated. Finally, earlier this year, Star Trek: Discovery was announced with Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller at the helm. Luckily, this series is still on the way, but not with a few caveats.

First, we know that this will be a series that only CBS: All Access users will be able to check out the new show, which certainly seems like a bit of a betrayal for Trek fans (or a cheap for for CBS to get digital subscribers). Third, the series was delayed from an early 2017 release to a Spring 2017 release. And third, just recently, Fuller pulled out as showrunner of the series due to his involvement in the Neil Gaiman series American Gods.

Luckily, this latest piece of news is actually good news.

According to CBR, the new Trek series is set to begin shooting in early 2017. In fact, the construction of all the sets at Pinewood Toronto Studios will be finished within the month. Obviously, this is a good sign, but in the entertainment industry, every project seems to be just half a step away from falling apart completely, so until filming actually begins, I never really trust that anything will actually get done.

While we obviously have not reached the filming stage yet, hearing about these sets is a great sign, as it shows a certain amount of investment from the studio — an investment they won’t be so quick to pull out of anytime soon. Unless something else goes drastically wrong, I think we actually will be seeing Trek return to the small screen come Spring 2017. 

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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.