Bryan Fuller Wants To Mount A New STAR TREK TV Series!!
Published at: March 21, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST by hercules
I am – Hercules!!
"I told my agent and told the people of J.J. Abrams' team I want to create another 'Star Trek' series and have an idea that I’m kicking around," acclaimed TV writer Bryan Fuller said in an IF Magazine story posted March 2. "I would love to return to the spirit of the old series with the colors and attitude. I loved 'Voyager' and 'Deep Space Nine,' but they seem to have lost the ‘60s fun and I would love to take it back to its origin."
I learned this thanks to a Friday post in James Hibberd’s Live Feed, and found myself pondering Fuller’s intent.
Fuller’s a giant Trek nerd who began his TV career writing on “Deep Space Nine” and “Voyager” (before moving on to create “Dead Like Me,” “Wonderfalls” and “Pushing Daisies”) so his interest wasn’t a surprise.
I was wondering more about premise. If Abrams’ fast-approaching Kirk-Spock movie proves as big a hit as everybody thinks it will be, that means sequels, and that means the further 23rd century adventures of Kirk and Spock wouldn’t likely be headed for live-action TV. Would the new series take place in the late 24th century era of Old Spock, several years subsequent to the events of “Nemesis”?
“I would love to do it in the same era as the J.J. Abrams movie, but on another starship on a completely different adventure,” Fuller tells Ain’t It Cool. “But it really is a dream and there is nothing official about it at all.”
There are rumors afloat that Abrams asked for a two-year “freeze” that would keep any “Trek” TV show off the air until at least 2011, but Abrams told Hibberd that his movie contract afforded him “no veto power” over any proposed TV series. (I’m not sure how much of a impediment a two-year freeze would be anyway, since my understanding is Fuller is contracted with “Heroes” producer NBC Universal until the end of 2010.)
One catalyst that could help garner support for a series is Abrams' longtime best friend Greg Grunberg, an actor who played a major role in “Company Man,” the Fuller-scripted first-season “Heroes” episode widely regarded as the series’ finest hour.
Coincidentally, I’ve just seen “Cold Snap,” the first Fuller-scripted episode of “Heroes” since “Company Man.” The hilarious, harrowing and propulsive “Snap,” which airs on NBC Monday, is easily the best episode of the series since “Company Man,” and another major episode for Grunberg’s character, Matt Parkman.