A little more than three monts after the announcement of the production of a new “Star Trek” TV show the news came that Bryan Fuller (photo ©Gage Skidmore) will be its showrunner. It’s confirmed that Alex Kurtzman, already involved in the scriptwriting and in the production of the first two reboot movies, will work to the show as executive producer. For Fuller it’s a return to Star Trek after being the author of a total of 22 episodes for the shows “Deep Space Nine” and “Voyager” .
Born on July 27, 1969, Bryan Fuller was a “Star Trek” fan who took advantage of the fact that at the time when “Deep Space Nine” was on air its production was accepting scripts submissions and he submitted one. That’s was how in 1997 Fuller started working as a writer and later joined the staff of the “Voyager” show, becoming after some time also a co-producer.
Throughout his career Bryan Fuller has worked mostly in television but in 2002 wrote the screenplay for the remake of the movie “Carrie”. Later, he created the TV show “Dead Like Me”, broadcast for two seasons between 2003 and 2004, of which for a short period was also executive producer and writer. In 2004 he created the TV show “Wonderfalls,” of which he was also executive producer and writer.
After some projects that weren’t realized, Bryan Fuller was for a time writer and co-executive producer of the TV show “Heroes” but left early this show to create “Pushing Daisies”, broadcast for two seasons between 2007 and 2009, of which he was also executive producer and writer. In 2013 he developed the series “Hannibal”, broadcast for three seasons between 2013 and 2015, of which he was also executive producer and writer.
At the moment, Bryan Fuller’s name is also linked to the development of the TV show “American Gods”, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s novel. There’s no official information about its transmission, only generic reference to late 2016.
What kind of contribution can we expect from Bryan Fuller for the new Star Trek series? It’s hard to say because it depends primarily on how much decision-making power he’ll have. Even the showrunner has to answer to his employers and the powers that be at the CBS may have some specific ideas about the new show.
In some old interviews, Bryan Fuller expressed various ideas on Star Trek and the episodes he wrote are very varied going from comedy to drama. His ideas will also have to meet those of the other executive producers: besides Alex Kurtzman there’s also Heather Kadin, in recent years busy with shows such as “Sleepy Hollow” and “Limitless”.
Personally, I think that Bryan Fuller’s influence will be positive and I hope that it will be enough to bring Star Trek back to its old glories. I have already expressed in the past my criticism about the latest TV shows and my disgust for the reboot, I hope that with this new series the franchise can once again boldly go where no one has gone before.