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Bryan Fuller shares a few new details on CBS' Star Trek series

06.23.2016

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Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) is currently hard at work crafting the first new Star Trek television series in over a decade for CBS All Access. The Star Trek films have always been fun, but the franchise is at its best on the small screen, so I'm quite excited to see what this new series will bring. Collider spoke with Fuller on the red carpet for the Saturn Awards recently and managed to get a new new details about the upcoming series out of him.

On how excited he is to be given the keys to the "Lamborghini":

It’s interesting you say “Lamborghini” because we’re looking at a lot of race cars as inspiration for our starships. It’s wonderful. It’s surreal. I didn’t want to be a writer. I wanted to be a Star Trek writer, so to be able to craft a new iteration of the show with new characters and a whole new adventure and whole new way of telling stories that you haven’t been able to tell on Star Trek is honorable and it’s a dream come true. It’s hard to articulate that.

On when he can start revealing specifics about the new series:

I imagine around Comic-Con. It’s interesting because normally I love talking about everything, and I’m sort of relieved I’ve been muzzled by CBS on it because I do less interviews, so I can spend more time writing, but I love talking about Star Trek and I love being involved in it, so I’ll be very excited to share when the muzzle comes off of me.

On where they're at with casting:

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.

The new series will also contain fewer episodes than we've been used to with a Star Trek show as Fuller says that it will consist of 13 episodes. I've always preferred shorter seasons for just about every series, so this a welcome confirmation. Also, because the series is being set up at CBS All Access they won't be subject to network broadcast standards and practices, which will give them a little more leeway with the type of content they can present. It will also mean that the series won't have to fit into the 44 minutes common to most hour-long series; Fuller didn't give specifics but he hinted that episodes could fall anywhere between 40-60 minutes depending on what the story called for.

The new series will begin shooting in Toronto this September and Fuller says that they're "got the arc of the first season entirely written, or arced out, and we’ve got the first six episodes entirely broken." Meanwhile, STAR TREK BEYOND, the next film in the Star Trek franchise, hits theaters on July 22, 2016.

Source: Collider

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12:09PM on 06/24/2016
I would like to see some acknowledgement of "Enterprise". I know, I know.....I'm WAY in the minority here. But I liked that show, problems and all, and aside from one throwaway line in the nu-Trek 2009 movie (Scotty talking about testing his transporter theories on Admiral Archer's beagle) it's like the fans just want to sweep "Enterprise" under the rug and act like it never happened.

I find it tragically ironic that a group of sci-fi fans---who supposedly pride themselves on being
I would like to see some acknowledgement of "Enterprise". I know, I know.....I'm WAY in the minority here. But I liked that show, problems and all, and aside from one throwaway line in the nu-Trek 2009 movie (Scotty talking about testing his transporter theories on Admiral Archer's beagle) it's like the fans just want to sweep "Enterprise" under the rug and act like it never happened.

I find it tragically ironic that a group of sci-fi fans---who supposedly pride themselves on being open-minded---just abruptly shut down and get all pissy when one brings up the subject of "Enterprise". Guess they're not as open-minded as they thought...even more tragic when you factor in the idea that the whole "Star Trek" concept is about inclusiveness of diversity...
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11:49AM on 06/24/2016
Considering how CBS just dropped the hammer on ST fan films, they can take Star Trek and shove it up their asses.
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7:17PM on 06/23/2016
Bryan Fuller's involvement is the reason I am excited to see this new series. He is such an impressive writer, and all of his shows are worth watching on the strength of their premise, visuals, and writing. I loved Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, and, of course, Hannibal, and he has a history writing for Star Trek, so I am so excited to see what he has planned for this new iteration of Star Trek.
Bryan Fuller's involvement is the reason I am excited to see this new series. He is such an impressive writer, and all of his shows are worth watching on the strength of their premise, visuals, and writing. I loved Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, and, of course, Hannibal, and he has a history writing for Star Trek, so I am so excited to see what he has planned for this new iteration of Star Trek.
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2:36AM on 06/24/2016
Hannibal wasn't really my cup of tea and, personally, I was actually disappointed with Wonderfalls, but I will agree that Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies are both just excellent. Fuller really does seem like an ideal candidate for this job and that, like the better Marvel directors, he understands what makes this IP work and will use that to create a series that can can be appreciated by the uninitiated while still pleasing those who are long-term followers of the source material. I just wish
Hannibal wasn't really my cup of tea and, personally, I was actually disappointed with Wonderfalls, but I will agree that Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies are both just excellent. Fuller really does seem like an ideal candidate for this job and that, like the better Marvel directors, he understands what makes this IP work and will use that to create a series that can can be appreciated by the uninitiated while still pleasing those who are long-term followers of the source material. I just wish it was on CBS (or something like Netflix or Amazon) instead of freaking CBS All Access.
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