Fuller Opens Up About His “Star Trek” Exit

A few weeks ago came the devastating news that “Hannibal” and “Pushing Daisies” producer Bryan Fuller was stepping down as showrunner on CBS All Access’ upcoming “Star Trek: Discovery” series.

Fuller is remaining onboard as executive producer, but has left the day-to-day duties to his collaborators Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts. Speaking with Newsweek this week, Fuller discussed his departure saying it mostly came down to timing – CBS wanted to rush it, he didn’t:

“Ultimately, with my responsibilities [elsewhere], I could not do what CBS needed to have done in the time they needed it done for Star Trek. It felt like it was best for me to focus on landing the plane with American Gods and making sure that was delivered in as elegant and sophisticated a fashion as I could possibly do.”

Fuller also clarified that despite his EP credit, he has no real involvement in the series moving forward.

“I’m not involved in production, or postproduction, so I can only give them the material I’ve given them and hope that it is helpful for them. I’m curious to see what they do with it.”

Only three cast members have been announced so far including Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, Doug Jones as Lt. Saru, and Anthony Rapp as Lt. Stamets. Filming is slated to begin shortly in Toronto.