Sorry Star Trek fans. It appears that your next trip to boldly go where no man has gone before will be delayed. Star Trek: Discovery the new show in the fan-beloved series set to debut on CBS All Access in May 2017, pushed back from its original January 2017 scheduled debut has now hit another asteroid road block, and this one’s big; Series co-creater and Showrunner Bryan Fuller is stepping down from his duties.
Don’t furrow that Klingon brow just yet, though. The series will still follow Fuller’s initial vision as well as keeping him on board as an executive producer. So what went wrong? According to Variety there had been “some strain” between Star Trek producer CBS Television Studios and Fuller over the progress of production on the show. Fuller is already involved in several other projects, including the Starz drama American Gods and NBC’s Amazing Stories. This guy’s a Network animal! I mean where does he get enough time in the day to work this much? The report also states:
The new structure was worked out quickly over the weekend in an effort to allow Fuller to remain actively involved albeit not on the day-to-day production level as originally envisioned. There’s also some internal stress at the studio that the lead character, described by Fuller as a female lieutenant commander, has yet to be cast.
Fans were on board and extremely excited due to Fuller’s past connections as a writer for both Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
In September, CBS issued a press release stating that the shows initial release date had been pushed back stating:
“Bringing ‘Star Trek’ back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood,” said executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller. “We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: ‘Star Trek’ deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”
Star Trek: Discovery will be the first new Star Trek series in over a decade and promises a much different spin then what we’ve seen before. This go around will give us our first female lead, although she is not the Captain of the USS Discovery, named after “Stanley Kubrick’s contribution to the Discovery [One] on 2001: A Space Odyssey, NASA’s vessel the Discovery, and also the sense of discovery.” This new crew will seek new worlds and new alien races a decade before Captain Kirk’s five-year mission, with the story focusing more on the team this time, less on the Captain.
A new crew, a female lead and a whole new Trek through space; seems like the next logical step.