Star Trek 2017 show runner Bryan Fuller in an interview with Collider revealed a heap of new details on the much-anticipated new Star Trek series scheduled to debut in January 2017.
Fuller revealed that the first season of the show, which will consist of thirteen episodes, has been completely arced out, with the first six episodes completely broken down. He confirmed that the show will feature a single story over its thirteen episodes. However, Fuller did not reveal whether that story is self-contained in one season, or part of a larger arc that will run for the entire series.
Fuller commented that he has been “muzzled” by CBS, which he viewed as a positive as he “loves to talk about everything” and this allows him to “spend more time writing.” Fuller expects more details to be announced during the San Diego Comic Con between July 21-25th.
Fuller recalled that, when he first met with CBS regarding the new show, he had asked the network whether they had a plan. While CBS said “no,” Fuller noted that he had said “I have a plan,” and the two sides began talking.
Fuller further revealed that stages have been booked and the production will begin erecting sets in the next several weeks. He also said that the casting process has begun. Fuller noted that, because the series will be airing on CBS All-Access, the show will not have to adhere to typical network standards and practices. However, don’t expect the new Star Trek to look and sound like a premium-channel show with nudity and profanity. Fuller explained, “It will likely affect us more in terms of what we can do graphically, but Star Trek’s not necessarily a universe where I want to hear a lot of profanity, either.
Production on the series will run between September 2016 and March 2017, according to Fuller. Vincenzo Natali, whom Fuller worked with on Hannibal, has been hired as the show’s producing director. However, Fuller did not announce the director for the first episode. Since the show is on a streaming service, the writers will have flexibility with the runtime of episodes. However, CBS has issued unspecified parameters regarding how short or long an episode can be. Finally, Fuller noted that visual effects producers had been hired and are putting together a team because much of the VFX work will be produced in-house, rather than farmed out to VFX studios.