Nicholas Meyer, the director of the two most acclaimed original “Star Trek” films – “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” has joined the upcoming small screen continuation of the franchise at CBS Television Studios.
“Hannibal” showrunner Bryan Fuller is steering the new ‘Trek’. Meyer will be involved as a consulting producer and writer, something he’s familiar with having penned the screenplays for “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country”. Fuller himself has penned and produced episodes of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager”.
In a statement, Fuller says: “Nicholas Meyer chased Kirk and Khan ’round the Mutara Nebula and ’round Genesis’ flames, he saved the whales with the Enterprise and its crew, and waged war and peace between Klingons and the Federation. We are thrilled to announce that one of ‘Star Trek’s’ greatest storytellers will be boldly returning as Nicholas Meyer beams aboard the new ‘Trek’ writing staff.”
The new series will launch with a special preview broadcast on CBS in early 2017, with all subsequent first-run episodes then bowing exclusively on CBS All Access on-demand streaming service. Michael Green, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin will also executive produce.
The plan is for the series to introduce new characters and civilizations existing outside of the mythology charted by previous series and the current movie franchises.