Bryan Fuller talks STAR TREK: DISCOVERY

Written by Michael Coldwell Monday, 05 December 2016

TV News

Last week, STARBURST caught up with Bryan Fuller, prolific US TV screenwriter and showrunner, most recently for the much-missed Hannibal, to talk about his next major assignment, the long-gestated TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods. You can read our full interview in the New Year when American Gods airs. Fuller has also been busy creating and, until last month, Showrunning the long-awaited new Star Trek TV series, Star Trek: Discovery. In this exclusive taster for our chat, Fuller talks Trek…

On why he is no longer Showrunner on Star Trek: Discovery

“Ultimately, I couldn’t do what CBS needed to have done in the time they needed to have it done and part of that is because of  my responsibilities on American Gods. It was a difficult situation but it felt like that was the best resolution.”

On the status of the work he undertook before he departed…

“I’ve written drafts of the first two episodes and the storyline for the first season so I’m not sure what will happen with them – I leave them in other people’s hands. I won’t be involved in the production and I won’t be involved in post-production. The three people that I cast before I left have all been announced and I was really excited about Michelle Yeoh being our first Captain that we see in Discovery. I’m curious on where the casting will go from this point forward, but if they need any assistance or opinions they have my number or they know where to get hold of me. I hope that Star Trek continues to inspire!”

On his continuing love of Star Trek…

“I love the philosophy of Star Trek and I what it represents in terms of being able to have a conversation about progress on this planet and how we need to come together as one people to continue into the future. So I miss being able to platform that conversation off of what Gene Roddenberry created.” 

Star Trek: Discovery airs in May 2017 on CBS All Access.

American Gods airs in 2017 (date TBC) on STARZ/Amazon Prime.

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