Bryan Fuller Tapped as Co-Creator & Showrunner for New Star Trek Series


STUDIO CITY: Bryan Fuller is returning to the Star Trek franchise as co-creator and executive producer of the upcoming CBS All Access series.

Fuller had launched his career writing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, and now will serve as showrunner for the brand-new Star Trek series. Fuller recently served as executive producer and writer on NBC’s Hannibal, based on the characters from the book Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. He created the critically acclaimed series Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls, and served as writer and co-executive producer on the first season of Heroes, before leaving to create Pushing Daisies. Fuller is currently executive producing, along with partner Michael Green, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods for Starz.

The new Star Trek series, produced by CBS Television Studios, will launch with a special preview broadcast on CBS in early 2017. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the U.S. on CBS All Access, the network’s digital SVOD and live streaming service.

The new Star Trek marks the first original series developed for CBS All Access. CBS Studios International will distribute the next chapter of the franchise globally.

Fuller commented: “My very first experience of Star Trek is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire. 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.”

“Bringing Star Trek back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan’s devoted care,” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “His encyclopedic knowledge of Trek canon is surpassed only by his love for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic future, a vision that continues to guide us as we explore strange new worlds.”

“For the past 50 years, Star Trek has been a groundbreaking franchise that not only changed the landscape of television, but made a significant impact on pop culture,” said David Stapf, the president of CBS Television Studios. “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.”