It's Star Trek's 50th birthday, gang. There's a new movie coming out, a major Trek convention happening at the Javitz, and, oh yeah -- there's a new series showing up. We've all obsessed over what might be, but it's been all guesswork. We don't even know who's going to run the new show!
Oh,@#$! Yes, that's right. Bryan Fuller, the man who brought you Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies and Hannibal, will be working along with Alex Kurtzman as showrunner for CBS's new Star Trek series.
Fuller is no stranger to Star Trek, having started his TV writing career with both Deep Space Nine and Voyager (I forgive you for "Friendship One," Bryan!)
Fuller is thrilled to have landed the gig. He gushed a bit at the announcement:
"My very first experience of Star Trek is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire. It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand new iteration of Star Trek with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before.”
There's a sea of commentary over the news. Kurtzman said of Fuller that "His encyclopedic knowledge of Trek canon is surpassed only by his love for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic future" while CBS TV president, David Stapf echoed the sentiment saying, "Having someone at the helm with his gravitas who also understands and appreciates the significance of the franchise and the worldwide fan base was essential to us."
As Star Trek news goes, this is huge. Bryan Fuller has had designs on helming a Star Trek series for a long time. Back in 2013 he said he wanted to cast Angela Bassett and Rosario Dawson as the captain and first officer of the USS Reliant respectively. Whether any of those ideas will come to fruition remains to be seen, but two women of color at the helm of a starship? I am all in for that.
And, yes, Fuller does have a tendency to run shows that get canceled before they are due, but real talk? Even if this new Star Trek series only boldly goes for a Firefly number of episodes, it'll still probably be amazing.