As announced by CBS, Bryan Fuller is returning to the television franchise after 15 years as a showrunner, co-creator and executive producer of the new Star Trek TV series which is expected to launch in January 2017.
Fuller started his writing career on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and then moved to Star Trek: Voyager, and has always wanted to create a new Star Trek series. His dream is coming true at the same time the franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
“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,” said Fuller. “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.”
New characters, new civilization, new everything, are in the creative plans for the show, which would probably mean that previous stories will not be taken into account in the new chapters.
Fuller has a great TV history. He created shows like Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me and the magnificent Pushing Daisies, but sadly none has lasted very long because of low ratings. Fuller’s current and also longest-running series is NBC’s Hannibal, which already has 3 seasons.
Star Trek will be produced by CBS Television Studios. Fuller will work along Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin, who will all serve as executive producers. CBS Studios International will distribute the series simultaneously for television and multiple platforms worldwide.