Fresh off the surprising announcement that he would be writing for CBS’s new Star Trek series, Nicholas Meyer spoke to Den of Geek about the project and gave some clues about the kind of tone it might have.
Meyer spoke to Den Of Geeks’ Ryan Britt, and while he was cryptic in many instances, two answers in particular stood out.
Britt asked him whether the new series would adopt the popular trend of longer story arcs or do standalone stories, and while he doesn’t really answer the question, what he does say is interesting:
I think it’s going to be a different Star Trek. It will go in a different direction. And I think that is probably good. Because the thing that mainly troubles me about Star Trek is the fear of it being maybe re-treads of itself. And to the degree that I had any influence on the thing [Star Trek] at all was that at least while I was there, we were fooling around. And if you’re not fooling around, then things can become stale. And I think that Bryan [Fuller]—who is a very clever fellow—has ideas—some of which I’ve heard—that are innovative and different. Different is what got me interested.
Britt mentions that both The Voyage Home and The Undiscovered Country had very obvious political undertones, and Meyer indicates that the latter film may influence the new series:
The one thing I can relate to you is that The Undiscovered Country—according to Bryan [Fuller]—is a real sort of taking off point, or touchstone for how I guess he’s thinking about the direction of the new show. I don’t want to be misquoted and I don’t want to misquote him, but he’s fond of that film. Let’s put it that way.
The rest of the interview can be found here.