I guess I'm going to start paying $5.99 for CBS All Access starting in January.
Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote the last two “Star Trek” movies, has taken on Bryan Fuller to help him create CBS All Access’ “Star Trek” streaming series.
This is the best possible news. I’m as excited as I was when they named J.J. Abrams to direct a new Kirk-Spock Star Trek for the big screen.
Early in his career, Fuller worked on both “Deep Space Nine” and “Voyager.”
I feel like we’ve been talking to Fuller for the better part of a decade about his desire to be involved in a new “Trek” TV series. He would keep writing other pilots and running other series and I was always fretting that he’s be in a contract that would prevent him from participating once CBS decided to pull the trigger.
Almost nothing is known about the new series beyond the fact that it will follow a new-to-us starship crew. Is it set in Kirk’s era or after Picard’s? In the Pine universe or the Shatner?
Bryan Fuller, who launched his career writing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, will return to the television franchise as co-creator and executive producer of the new CBS Star Trek series.
As previously announced, the new series, produced by CBS Television Studios, will launch with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network in early 2017. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service. The new Star Trek series marks the first original series developed for CBS All Access. The next chapter of the Star Trek franchise will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.
“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," Fuller said in a statement. "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.”
“Bringing Star Trek back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan’s devoted care,” said Kurtzman, who will executive produce the new show along with Fuller. “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.”
“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,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “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.”
Fuller most recently served as executive producer and writer on NBC’s Hannibal, based on the characters from the book Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. He got his start writing Deep Space Nine, followed by Voyager, where he worked his way from freelance writer to staff writer to co-producer. Fuller went on to create the critically acclaimed series Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls. Also, he served as writer and co-executive producer on the first season of Heroes, before leaving to create the Emmy Award-winning Pushing Daisies. Fuller is currently executive producing along with partner Michael Green an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods for the STARZ network.
Star Trek will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout. Kurtzman and Fuller will be joined by Heather Kadin as executive producers.