Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller has stepped down from his role just weeks before the live-action CBS series was scheduled to begin filming in Toronto. According to Variety, the decision was made last week after Fuller found himself unable to balance this series with his commitments to two other series, Starz' American Gods and NBC's Amazing Stories reboot. Star Trek: Discovery executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts are said to be stepping up as showrunners, with writer/director Akiva Goldsman being brought in in a "top creative role."
According to the Hollywood trade, Fuller isn't exiting the show completely, and will be involved with story breakdowns as an executive producer. Fuller wrote the initial proposal for the series, as well as the initial drafts of the first two episodes.
“We are extremely happy with the creative direction of Star Trek: Discovery and the strong foundation that Bryan Fuller has helped us create for the series,” said CBS Television Studios in a statement. “Due to Bryan’s other projects, he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day of Star Trek, but he remains an executive producer, and will continue to map out the story arc for the entire season... Bryan is a brilliant creative talent and passionate Star Trek fan, who has helped us chart an exciting course for the series. We are all committed to seeing this vision through and look forward to premiering Star Trek: Discovery this coming May 2017.”
There's no word if this staffing change will further delay Star Trek: Discovery; in September, CBS pushed back the series from its originally-planned January debut to May citing a request by the producers to allow more time for filming and post-production.