February 9, 2016


New 'Star Trek' TV Series Hires Bryan Fuller as Showrunner

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Hannibal executive producer and Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller now has a three-in-one gig as the co-creator, executive producer, and showrunner of the forthcoming CBS Star Trek series. “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,” Fuller shares with Variety.

He's also looking thrilled on Twitter:

Set for broadcast in January 2017, the sci-fi series will move to CBS’ digital streaming service All Access where it will be primarily aired. While the premise is no doubt set to circle around the original mythology and history of Star Trek, the newest take on the Trek universe is meant to introduce a fresh round of galactic heroes and villains.

President of CBS Television Studios David Stapft is entirely enthused on bringing on Fuller and Kurtzman:

"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.”

Star Trek is launching just shortly after the 50th anniversary of the original series, which featured William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Star Trek Beyond, the third film since J.J. Abrams rebooted the franchise in 2009, is hitting theaters July 22.