For devoted “Star Trek” fans who perhaps didn’t dig that first “Star Trek Beyond” trailer, there’s some hope to be found in the new “Star Trek” series brewing at CBS. Even though the show won’t even air on the network, but instead via their digital CBS All Access outlet, a pretty big gun has been hired to captain the ship.
Bryan Fuller, whose credits include “Hannibal” and “Pushing Daisies” among many others, has been tapped as showrunner for the new series. It’s not the first time Fuller has stepped into the world created by Gene Roddenberry, as he worked briefly on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and extensively on “Star Trek: Voyager.” Needless to say, fans are very excited, and as for Fuller, returning to the franchise is something he’s been talking up for years, and one of his goals is to ensure diversity in casting, which has played a big role since the show debuted in 1966.
“I would love to do something on the [U.S.S.] Reliant,” he told Den Of Geek in 2013, referring to the ship that gets captured by Khan in “Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan.” “I want Angela Bassett to be the captain, that’s who I would love to have, you know Captain Angela Bassett and First Officer Rosario Dawson. I would love to do that version of the show, but that’s in the future to be told.”
We’ll see if he sticks with that concept or tries something new. There are likely more details to come soon as the untitled “Star Trek” series is expected to arrive in early 2017. If you’re a Trekkie, let us know your thoughts in the comments section. [EW]