Last month we reported that formerStar Trek Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Voyager writer/producer Bryan Fuller mentioned in an interview that he would like to create his own Star Trek TV show. It appears this wasn’t just idle talk. In a new interview thePushing Daisies creator says that he is actively perusing this goal of bringing old school-style Trek back to the small screen.
Back to the future for Fuller’s Trek
In an interview with iF Magazine about Pushing Daisies, the subject of Trek came up. Fuller got specific:
iF: you also wrote for STAR TREK VOYAGER, which is quite the opposite of PUSHING DAISIES, what do you find you enjoy more the quirky or the science fiction. Do you think or do you want to ever get back into sci –fi genre?
FULLER: Absolutely. I told my agent and told the people of J.J. Abrams team I want to create another STAR TREK series and have an idea that I’m kicking around. I would love to return to the spirit of the old series with the colors and attitude. I loved VOYAGER and DEEP SPACE NINE, but they seem to have lost the ‘60s fun and I would love to take it back to its origin.
In case you missed it…here is what Fuller previously said to MTV about his ambition for Trek on TV
I would love to do another ‘Star Trek’ series. One where you could go back to the spirit and color of the original ‘Star Trek,’ because somehow, it got cold over the years. I love ‘Next Generation,’ but it’s a little cooler and calmer than the ones from the ‘60s, which were so dynamic and passionate. ’Deep Space Nine’ was the best of the modern ones, because it was so emotionally complicated. ‘Enterprise’ was the most sterile of all of them, when it should have been the most fun.
‘Star Trek’ has to recreate itself. Otherwise, all the characters start to feel the same. You always have a captain, a doctor, a security officer, and you have the same arguments based on those perspectives. It starts to feel too familiar. So all those paradigms where it takes place on a starship have to be shaken up.
Fuller just might be the one – but are they looking for one?
In 1997, at the age of 28, Bryan Fuller started off his Hollywood with Star Trek and he went on to write 21 episodes over 4 years (2 in DS9’s last season and the rest in the 4th-7th seasons of Voyager). He moved up the ranks, eventually being made a producer on Voyager in its last season in 2001. He is very much a Trek fan and although he was mostly active with Trek during what many might consider ‘the lean years,’ Fuller wrote some of the better character-based stories. Like Ron Moore and others, Fuller is one of those members of the stable that appear to have been under-utilized while working on Trek. His post-Trek career has involved writing and producing for the hit Heroes as well as creating multiple TV series, including the hit Pushing Daises.
Fuller is certainly the kind of guy that the powers that be would take a meeting with if they were considering bringing Trek back. However, according to sources, the plan for the short term is to wait and see how well JJ Abrams new Star Trek feature does before considering bringing Star Trek back to the small screen. But just about a year from now JJ Abrams Star Trek will be hitting the DVD shelves and the pilots for the 2010-2011 season will just start to go into development, so who knows.
Fuller mentions JJ Abrams in relation to his pursuit of Trek on TV, but it isn’t clear what role if any the JJ Abrams team would have. Abrams (and his production company Bad Robot) has a production deal with Paramount for feature films, however his TV deal is with Warner Brothers (who is producing Fringe and other TV projects). CBS owns the rights to Trek on TV and it is likely that any new Trek TV show would be produced by CBS (although CBS could sell the show to any broadcast or cable network).