"Hannibal” and "Pushing Daisies" mastermind Bryan Fuller has signed aboard as showrunner and co-creator of CBS' upcoming Star Trek series.
Fuller is no stranger to Star Trek, having worked as a writer on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” He has been vocal for years about his desire to helm a Star Trek project.
“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," Fuller said. "Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire. 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.”
Kurtzman, who co-wrote 2009's "Star Trek" and 2013's "Star Trek: Into Darkness," will serve as an executive producer along with Fuller and Heather Kadin ("Scorpion," "Sleepy Hollow").
“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. “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.”
Set to launch in January 2017, the series will make it debut on the network before migrating to CBS’ All Access digital subscription service. The series is expected to introduce characters and civilizations not featured in the mythology of the previous shows and movies.
“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 of 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 recently wrapped work on his acclaimed NBC series "Hannibal," which ran three seasons and was based on Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon."
Roddenberry's "Star Trek" celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016, marked by its television debut Sept. 8, 1966, on NBC.
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