Recently, CBS Studios debuted the teaser trailer for its upcoming Star Trek series, which fans will be available to stream on television stations and platforms after it premieres in January, 2017. At the project’s helm is executive producers Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Hannibal) and Alex Kurtzman (co-writer, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness) and writer/consulting producer, Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek VI).
Aside from the fact that production is slated to begin this fall in Toronto, Canada, not much else is known about the series, which will deliver on Star Trek‘s 50-year history as a TV/movie franchise and pop culture phenomenon. Excitingly, however, showrunner Bryan Fuller has divulged a slew of new information about the series, such as its format, episode count, and production timeline.
In a recent interview with Collider, Fuller revealed that the first season will consist of thirteen episodes, with the full season-long story and first six episodes being written. Understandably, the fact that there are over 750 episodes of Star Trek television meant that the series would need to offer audiences something different in terms of how the stories (some of which are 50 years old) are told.
Fuller recognized that this played into the vision he and CBS All Access (a network that isn’t subject to broadcast standards and practices) developed for the show.
And, according to Fuller, the process of charting a new course was fueled by the ones creating it, not the studio:
“When I first sat down with them, it was “Do you have a plan of what you want to do?” And they said, “No,” and I said, “I have a plan,” and we started talking. And it was wonderful to be working with Alex Kurtzman, who I have a tremendous amount of respect for, and who’s such an elegant storyteller and crafting a story with him that ties in so many elements of Star Trek that I think people will be really excited about because you can look at the original series and pick out episodes we’re using the DNA of and using the spirit of what Star Trek offers, both in terms of high-concept science fiction storytelling and really wonderful metaphors for the human condition.”
The spirit of the show, which has always been on the progressive side, is a tradition that Fuller intends to keep – and something that has played into how he could approach the casting process (causing some fans to speculate that the new series might have an LGBTQ character). Whatever the result, Fuller is clearly enjoying casting since it allows him to “look at all of these roles through a colorblind prism and a gender-blind prism, so that’s exciting.”
The series will begin shooting in September and run until March. Because episodes will be streamed, run-time is “flexible.” It will be interesting to see how the show, which is balancing five decades of tradition with the needs and expectations of modern-day audiences, will manifest itself, but Fuller is confident that fans will be happy with the result. He also said more specific information about it will be released around San Diego Comic-Con time. Until then, his lips are sealed:
“It’s interesting because normally I love talking about everything, and I’m sort of relieved I’ve been muzzled by CBS on it because I do less interviews, so I can spend more time writing, but I love talking about Star Trek and I love being involved in it, so I’ll be very excited to share when the muzzle comes off of me.”
Screen Rant will bring you more information about the show as it becomes available.
Star Trek debuts on CBS in January 2017. It will stream exclusively through CBS All Access thereafter.