The creator of Hannibal, Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me wants to bring Trek back to TV, but he's not saying how ... yet.
Bryan Fuller is no stranger to television's most storied science fiction franchise. He's got more than 20 Trek writing credits from his days on Voyager and Deep Space Nine, both shows he worked on before he began the string of acclaimed cult hit shows that began with Dead Like Me and continues now with Hannibal. He's put a lot of TV ground between himself and Trek since his early days, but Fuller still cares very much about the franchise, and he makes no secret of wanting to return to it.
"That was my first job as a writer in Hollywood. So having spent four years on staff and another year of freelancing before that on Star Trek, it’s a very near and dear property to my heart, and also a philosophy," Fuller said. "I would love to create a Star Trek show, so that’s on my dream docket."
But what would Fuller's show be? After all, the Star Trek TV landscape has been radically altered since he left the franchise. With the rebooted film continuity kicked off in 2009 still producing blockbusters, it doesn't seem likely that a new TV series is on the way, but if he ever does get around to making a show, Fuller sounds willing and even excited to embrace J.J. Abrams' new continuity, perhaps in the more distant future.
"I think there’s something very exciting about the new J.J. Abrams-verse, and there’s also kind of an interesting reinvention," he said. "How would The Next Generation evolve from that? Where would that be? Where would that go? But there’s also… Star Trek is such a big universe, and there are so many places to go with it. I have a very specific idea that I would love to do. We’ll see if I ever get the opportunity."
So, while he's not willing to spill his "very specific idea," it sounds like Fuller is maybe, possibly leaning toward a new Next Generation era series, something that original TNG cast member Brent Spiner's already predicted we'll see someday. What do you think? Is that where his idea is headed, and would he be the man for the job?