Bryan Fuller Confirms He Has Nothing to Do with 'Star Trek: Discovery'

Friday, 02 December 2016 - 3:48PM
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Friday, 02 December 2016 - 3:48PM
Bryan Fuller Confirms He Has Nothing to Do with 'Star Trek: Discovery'
We couldn't think of a better person to helm Star Trek: Discovery than Bryan Fuller, even if we tried to to make someone up. According to Fuller himself, the whole reason he got into writing was to write for Star Trek. And he he pulled it off: he ending up writing for Voyager and Deep Space Nine, along with Hannibal and more. We saw him as a legit Star Trek super-fan and the driving force behind Discovery, which made it hard to hear that he would be stepping back from Discovery's day-to-day operations to focus on American GodsStill, he was originally going to keep the title of Executive Producer and help plot out the first season, which was encouraging. However, according to Newsweek, Fuller has now made it clear that he will have nothing to do with the show from here on out:

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Fuller-who retains an executive producer credit-wrote the first two episodes of Discovery and the story arc for the rest of the 13-part first season. CBS said it would see his "vision through," but the writer confirms he has no active involvement with the series [...] "It is bittersweet," says Fuller. "But it was just a situation that couldn't be resolved otherwise…so I had to step away [...] I'm not involved in production, or postproduction, so I can only give them the material I've given them and hope that it is helpful for them. I'm curious to see what they do with it," he says."
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Again, it sounds like this decision came about because of Fuller's engagement with the TV adaptation of American Gods, which has generated huge buzz from fans:

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"Ultimately, with my responsibilities [elsewhere], I could not do what CBS needed to have done in the time they needed it done for Star Trek," Fuller explains to Newsweek. "It felt like it was best for me to focus on landing the plane with American Gods and making sure that was delivered in as elegant and sophisticated a fashion as I could possibly do."
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This announcement comes just after the official announcement of the first official Discovery crewmembers, including Lt. Stamets, an openly gay astromycologist. Despite reportedly receiving a folder's worth of hate mail after announcing the inclusion of the character, it looks like Fuller will not be there to see Stamets develop throughout the season and beyond. And that's the tragedy of Discovery in a nutshell: Fuller appeared to be ready to take real risks, revive the spirit of the original series, and take Star Trek in an exciting new direction, all while being driven by a genuine love of the material. We admire his professional commitment to American Gods, which promises to be a fantastic show in its own right, but we can't help but hope Fuller returns to Discovery at some point in the future. Talking about a potential Season 2, Fuller himself said to Newsweek he would jump at the chance:

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"They have my number and if they need me I will absolutely be there for them."
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Star Trek: Discovery is set to premiere on CBS in May 2017.
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