Former “Hannibal” showrunner Bryan Fuller has stepped down as showrunner on the CBS All Access digital series “Star Trek: Discovery” which is currently in the works for a May premiere.
CBS Television Studios producers said in a statement that due to Fuller’s work schedule (namely Starz’ “American Gods” series and NBC’s “Amazing Stories” revival), he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day on the show but remains an executive producer. Fuller penned the first two scripts for ‘Discovery’ and has scripted the larger arc for the series which will see a woman captain the new ship.
Alex Kurtzman, co-creator and executive producer, along with Fuller’s producing partners and longtime collaborators Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, will continue to oversee the show with the existing writing and producing team and will split showrunning duties between them.
Insiders note that there had been some frustration on Fuller’s part with speed with which Discovery was moving. CBS Television Studios has already begun marketing the series, which has yet to be cast, with panels at Comic-Con, a teaser at upfronts and a Q&A with executives and Fuller at TCA.
The series follows the U.S.S. Discovery and will introduce new characters seeking new worlds and new civilizations. The cast will feature a woman of color as the lead, an openly gay actor as one of the male leads, a female admiral, a male Klingon captain, a male admiral, a male adviser and a British male doctor.
Source: The Live Feed