In case you were wondering if Bryan Fuller was still working in some way on Star Trek: Discovery, he's got some bad news for you.
Speaking with Newsweek (via Collider), Fuller opened up a bit about the recent news that he was stepping down as day-to-day showrunner on the new Trek series after developing the premise, writing the first two episodes and mapping out the first season's overall arc. Despite his clear love and enthusiasm for Star Trek, however, Fuller admitted that his overstretched schedule -- he was also getting American Gods up and running for Starz -- simply caught up with him:
"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. 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."
Even though he is still listed as an executive producer on Discovery, Fuller is not involved in any real capacity at the moment:
"I’m not involved in production, or post-production, 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."
It's a sad state of affairs but perhaps an inevitable one. Star Trek: Discovery's premiere -- the pilot will air on CBS, followed by the rest of the episodes on CBS' All Access streaming service -- was delayed twice and not a single role was cast by the time Fuller relinquished his duties, indicating that working on two shows at the same time was clearly taking its toll.
But Fuller isn't shutting the door on getting back out to the final frontier at some later point, hinting that he could return for Season 2 if things work out: "They have my number and if they need me I will absolutely be there for them."
It's now up to new showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts to not just honor the history and legacy of Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek, but to hopefully realize the vision that Fuller initially set out to achieve as well:
"Creating (Discovery) and getting to the heart of what the important themes were to me as a Star Trek fan -- how do we get along with people who are different than ourselves? How do we find common ground? How do we move into the future together? -- those themes were implicit in the scripts that I wrote before I left, and the storylines (I plotted)."
Will that potential and that vision be fulfilled? We'll find out when Star Trek: Discovery premieres next May.