Former Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Brian Fuller says his exit from the show was "bittersweet," but was motivated by scheduling conflicts with his commitment to the TV adaptation of American Gods rather than any creative differences.
“Ultimately, with my responsibilities [elsewhere], I could not do what CBS needed to have done in the time they needed it done for Star Trek,” Fuller told Newsweek. “It felt like it was best for me to focus on landing the plane with American Gods and making sure that was delivered in as elegant and sophisticated a fashion as I could possibly do.”
Though Fuller says he is not involved in Star Trek: Discovery anymore, he retains an Executive Producer credit, and wrote the first two episodes. The first season will also reportedly follow the story arc Fuller laid out.
“I’m not involved in production, or postproduction, so I can only give them the material I’ve given them and hope that it is helpful for them," Fuller explained. "I’m curious to see what they do with it."
Despite this, Fuller says he would be open to working on a second season of the show should the opportunity arise.
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on CBS All Access in May, 2017.