Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller has been named as the co-creator and executive producer of CBS's new Star Trek series. Announced last November, the series will be the first original content produced for CBS's streaming app, CBS All Access.
No details of the plot or characters have been revealed, but when the series was announced, series co-creator Alex Kurtzman said that it would be based on new concepts and not tied to the current, ongoing film franchise.
Fuller is known as the creator of cult hits such as Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, and Hannibal, though his earliest writing credits were for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and Star Trek: Voyager, on which he eventually served as a co-producer.
“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,” said Fuller in a statement. “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 Kurtzman, who will serve as co-creator alongside Fuller. “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, President, 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.”
Fuller is also currently serving as showrunner of Starz's upcoming American Gods, adapted from Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name.
No premiere date for the as yet untitled Star Trek series has been announced.