While Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller could not attend the 50th anniversary Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, he beamed in via a recorded video. Also, TrekMovie caught up with DSC executive producers Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth to learn more about their role in the new show.
Fuller Addresses the Convention
In a surprise video, Fuller said
“Hello Las Vegas! I’m Bryan Fuller, executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery. I’m very sorry that I can’t be with you this week, but we are all very hard at work designing, crafting, and casting a brand new Star Trek. As many of you know, I became a writer because I wanted to be a Star Trek writer, and I’m so proud to be a part of this new iteration of Trek. Our series will have new crews, new heroes, new villains, and explore new worlds, but most importantly…it will still embrace the same ideology of hope for a better future that is a cornerstone for what Star Trek has represented for fifty years. On behalf of the executive producers, the writers, and the entire Star Trek: Discovery team, have a wonderful 50th anniversary celebration in Vegas and we can’t wait until we can share more Star Trek: Discovery with you.”
Roddenberry, Roth Reveal A Tiny Bit About Discovery
During a panel with DSC executive producers Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth, the pair focused on discussing the Roddenberry archives and the lost TOS footage. Naturally, the audience was eager to ask the pair questions about DSC. Unfortunately, Roddenberry and Roth felt that there was little they were allowed to say about the series.
TrekMovie, however, caught up with Roddenberry and Roth after their panel to see if we could tease out some more details about the series. As we previously reported during an interview with Roddenberry and Roth during a DSC press junket at San Diego Comic Con, their roles as executive producers is to ensure that Gene Roddenberry’s vision is upheld in the new series. Following up on that, we asked them exactly what role they play in the show. While not present in the writer’s room, Roddenberry and Roth do receive story ideas and near-final scripts from the writing staff. They review them, and pass notes back to the writing staff.
Further, CBS’s announcement that DSC was already profitable, and paid for, thanks to the show’s international distribution rights, we asked Roddenberry how that would affect the longevity of the series. Every Star Trek incarnation has had to deal with budget issues and questions over renewal due to ratings, but with the first season of DSC fully-funded, Roddenberry admitted that would provide the creative team with the freedom to develop the best show possible and chart a course for the series in future seasons.
When asked whether Nicholas Meyer would direct any episodes, Roddenberry and Roth did not know, but would not be surprised if he did.