Star Trek: Discovery Loses Bryan Fuller as Showrunner

Thursday, 27 October 2016 - 12:13PM
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Thursday, 27 October 2016 - 12:13PM
Star Trek: Discovery Loses Bryan Fuller as Showrunner
This is pretty terrible news. Star Trek: Discovery has run into another roadblock, and has reportedly lost its showrunner, Bryan Fuller, who is stepping down to work on other projects.

Fuller, who is best known as the showrunner of Hannibal, was announced as the showrunner of Discovery when the series was confirmed in January. The show seemed to be full steam ahead, as they started casting for the racially diverse female lead several months ago and released brief teaser footage, but no casting decisions have been made yet, and the premiere was recently pushed off for several months. And now that production is delayed, it seems that Fuller's busy schedule is no longer compatible with Discovery, as he's also working on American Gods and NBC's Amazing Stories reboot. 

Here's what CBS had to say (via EW):

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"We are extremely happy with the creative direction of Star Trek: Discovery and the strong foundation that Bryan Fuller has helped us create for the series. Due to Bryan's other projects, he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day of Star Trek, but he remains an executive producer and will continue to map out the story arc for the entire season."
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Fuller will stay on as executive producer, but Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, who previously worked with Fuller on Pushing Daisies, will take over showrunning duties.

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"Bryan is a brilliant creative talent and passionate Star Trek fan, who has helped us chart an exciting course for the series. We are all committed to seeing this vision through and look forward to premiering Star Trek: Discovery this coming May 2017."
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For his part, Fuller seems very supportive of his fellow producers, and makes it sound like an amicable split. 



This is discouraging, especially since Fuller's vision was widely cited as a huge reason the reboot got off the ground. He seemed genuinely committed to returning to Star Trek's optimistic, adventurous, and socially conscious roots, and we're sad to see him go. But hopefully his collaborators will share his vision, and the ship will right itself before the show comes out in May 2017.
 
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