CBS Television, the people who own the TV rights to Star Trek, announced that they were bringing the property back to TV in 2017. Well, sorta - they're beginning a new show, but it's going to be on their CBS All Access streaming service. Not really TV. Although good enough for the Golden Globes?
Anyway, we've known they're doing a new Trek, and we've known that Alex Kurtzman was involved, but that was it. Today they announced huge news: Bryan Fuller, late of the critically-beloved Hannibal, will be creating and running it. Says Fuller in a statement:
“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. “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.”
Fuller is no stranger to Trek - he started off as a writer on Star Treks Voyager and Deep Space Nine. This is kind of a homecoming for him.
What will Fuller's show be like? No full word yet, but early indications are that this show will follow a totally new cast of characters as they explore strange new worlds. So those hoping to see Spock and Kirk getting it on, Fuller style, will be disappointed. You'll have to be satisfied with the show serving you all sorts of shipping on a silver platter.
Which reminds me - I would be shocked if this show doesn't break down one of the last barriers remaining in the Star Trek universe and introduce gay leads. It's certainly about time.