The new Star Trek series has found his new captain and what a captain: Bryan Fuller! The Hannibal creator has been chosen by CBS to be the showrunner and co-creator of its reboot series. He will also serve as the executive producer alongside Alex Kurtzman who worked as a writer and producer on Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.
CBS made quite a perfect choice as Fuller is a longtime trekkie. Nineteen years ago, he started his career as a writer for the series Star Trek : Deep Space Nine in 1997 before joining the team of Star Trek : Voyager as a writer, story editor and producer till 2001. But Fuller’s love for the Trek universe started way before his writing career.
“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 to Variety.
Since the reboot of the franchise with the new J.J Abrams films, Bryan Fuller advocated for the return of the franchise on TV.
“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 expressed also his joy to work with him.
“Bringing Star Trek back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan’s devoted care,” he said. “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.”
Even if the plot is still uncertain, we already know that the series will introduce a new crew, new characters and new civilization outside from the universe we’ve seen in the previous TV shows and films.
The new CBS series will start in early 2017 on TV before moving exclusively on CBS All Access.
Meanwhile, Star Trek will also be back on the big screen with the latest installment Star Trek Beyond due for July 22, 2016.