STAR TREK is one of the most beloved franchises out there and it has been a while since there has been a quality television show in that universe. Next January, CBS will bring a new TREK to the small screen via their streaming platform, CBS All Access. For extra legitimacy, they brought on Bryan Fuller (DEAD LIKE ME, HANNIBAL) as their showrunner. He was a writer on STAR TREK: VOYAGER and STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, so he seems a natural fit to bring TREK back to television. Fuller sat down with Collider to talk about the show and dished out a ton of pre-production details.
On casting the series:
"I’ve met with a few actors, and it’s an interesting process. There’s a few people that we like and we want to carry on what Star Trek does best, which is being progressive. So it’s fascinating to look at all of these roles through a colorblind prism and a gender-blind prism, so that’s exciting."
On the show's content:
" And because we’re CBS All Access, we’re not subject to network broadcast standards and practices. It will likely affect us more in terms of what we can do graphically, but Star Trek’s not necessarily a universe where I want to hear a lot of profanity, either."
On how CBS is reacting to the show:
"When I first sat down with them, it was “Do you have a plan of what you want to do?” And they said, “No,” and I said, “I have a plan,” and we started talking. And it was wonderful to be working with Alex Kurtzman, who I have a tremendous amount of respect for, and who’s such an elegant storyteller and crafting a story with him that ties in so many elements of Star Trek that I think people will be really excited about because you can look at the original series and pick out episodes we’re using the DNA of and using the spirit of what Star Trek offers, both in terms of high-concept science fiction storytelling and really wonderful metaphors for the human condition."
Fuller goes on to detail when they can start revealing specifics regarding casting/directors, how many episodes will be in the season, and what it's like to be handed the "keys to the Lamborghini." It's a nice read and Bryan is kind of a living legend so I'm excited to see where he boldly goes with this new series. The new STAR TREK series doesn't hit until January of next year, but you can catch Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, and Anton Yelchin in STAR TREK: BEYOND on July 22, 2016