CBS is finally resurrecting Star Trek for television again and now they have locked in their new show runner and trekkers will be happy with their selection.
Bryan Fuller is set to take charge of the new series. Fuller recently created one of the darkest and most seriously artistic thrillers ever made with NBC’s Hannibal, he was also the man behind Pushing Daisies. But Fuller has some serious Star Trek credentials, getting his start working on Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
CBS President David Stapf weighed in on their selection, “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.”
Bryan is also going to have some back up getting his new project up and running, it comes in the form of Alex Kurtzman, who wrote and produced Star Trek (2009) and its sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness. Fuller said, “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.”
Kurtzman seems just as excited about the pairing, “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. “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.”
Fuller has discussed his plans for a new Star Trek series in the past, talking to Den of Geek in 2013 about his perfect crew and setting “I would love to do something on the Reliant. I want Angela Lansbury … Not Lansbury! I want Angela Bassett to be the captain, that’s who I would love to have, you know Captain Angela Bassett and First Officer Rosario Dawson. I would love to do that version of the show but that’s in the future to be told.”
Whether he leans on that idea or does something different remains to be seen. We could get behind Captain Angela Bassett, but we’d rather see Captain Mads Mikkelsen… one can dream right?
The new Star Trek series airs in 2017 exclusively on CBS All Access, the network’s digital video streaming service.