Along with offering hope for fans of “Hannibal” earlier today, producer Bryan Fuller has also spoken a bunch about his “Star Trek” TV series currently in the works ahead of an early 2017 launch on CBS’ All Access streaming service.
Fuller, who got his start on TV working on episodes of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager,” is returning to the fold and this time has the keys to the kingdom. Obviously enthusiastic about the material, he spoke with Collider at the Saturn Awards this week and offered a ton of updates about the show’s current status.
He confirmed the first season will be thirteen episodes with production aiming to run from September through to March. He confirmed it will be serialised with one story over thirteen episodes. At the moment the arc of the first season is all mapped out and the first six episode scripts have been ‘broken’ (ie. done).
Vincenzo Natali (“Cube,” “Splice”) will be the producing director on the show, but is NOT directing the first episode. Other directors aren’t booked yet, but stages are already booked and sets will be going up in a couple of weeks.
He’s already met with a few actors and there’s plans to “carry on what Star Trek does best” which means progressive casting. Though he didn’t outright say it, he also hinted the series would have an LGBTQ regular character – something all the previous series lacked beyond guest stars.
Due to the series being on a streaming service, the show is not subject to network broadcast standards and practices which will allow them to get away with more things graphically and have flexible runtimes for episodes. However, he doesn’t expect the show to up the profanity level as a result. He’s also been looking at race cars as inspiration for starship designs.
Fuller seems genuinely excited about returning to “Star Trek,” especially one not operating under the budgetary and content limitations the previous series had:
“I didn’t want to be a writer. I wanted to be a Star Trek writer, so to be able to craft a new iteration of the show with new characters and a whole new adventure and whole new way of telling stories that you haven’t been able to tell on Star Trek is honorable and it’s a dream come true. It’s hard to articulate that.
It was wonderful to be working with Alex Kurtzman, who I have a tremendous amount of respect for, and who’s such an elegant storyteller and crafting a story with him that ties in so many elements of Star Trek that I think people will be really excited about because you can look at the original series and pick out episodes we’re using the DNA of and using the spirit of what Star Trek offers, both in terms of high-concept science fiction storytelling and really wonderful metaphors for the human condition.”
Fuller is also working on Starz’ “American Gods” which he says is halfway through shooting the first season with most of the scripts done. As a result, his producing partner Michael Green will handle the day-to-day there while Fuller turns his focus to “Star Trek”.
The new “Star Trek” series is rumored to be premiering in January.