Bryan Fuller steps down as showrunner on Star Trek: Discovery
Here's some surprising and slightly concerning news; Bryan Fuller has been forced to step down as Star Trek: Discovery showrunner due to time issues. He is also running / executive producing the TV adaptation of American Gods and a reboot of Amazing Stories and those commitments prevented him from committing fully to the latest Star Trek TV revival.
It's sad to think that Fuller had been passionate about brining Star Trek back for years, but it is not all bad news. He will still help to shape the story and act as executive producer, even if he won't be involved full time. Instead his job will be shared by Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, who worked with Fuller on Pushing Daises.
Full details can be found over at Variety. There have been concerns about how much Fuller could manage, with Star Trek: Discovery due to start filming next month ahead of the May 2017 release. Apparently the female lieutenant commander lead also remains uncast.
However, it appears the changes are amicable as CBS Television Studios made the following statement
"We are extremely happy with the creative direction of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and the strong foundation that Bryan Fuller has helped us create for the series. Due to Bryan’s other projects, he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day of ‘Star Trek,’ but he remains an executive producer, and will continue to map out the story arc for the entire season…Bryan is a brilliant creative talent and passionate ‘Star Trek’ fan, who has helped us chart an exciting course for the series. We are all committed to seeing this vision through and look forward to premiering ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ this coming May 2017." - CBS
We'll bring more news, including confirmed cast members, as we have it.