Ever since the news broke that Bryan Fuller “stepped down” as the showrunner for Star Trek:Discovery, fans were still thinking of him as a driving force behind the show, and still working in an active Executive Producer role. But an exclusive interview with Newsweek reveals that he’s no longer involved in the series at all.
“Ultimately, with my responsibilities [elsewhere], I could not do what CBS needed to have done in the time they needed it done for Star Trek,” Fuller said. “It felt like it was best for me to focus on landing the plane with American Gods and making sure that was delivered in as elegant and sophisticated a fashion as I could possibly do.”
“It is bittersweet,” he added. “But it was just a situation that couldn’t be resolved otherwise…so I had to step away.”
Fuller will keep his executive producer credit, and has written the first two episodes of the show as well as developed the story arc that will unfold over all 13 episodes of the first season. Sources close to the production have reported that the creative vision he set forth for the series is still the guiding force behind the show. But he told Newsweek that he’s no longer directly involved with the series.
“I’m not involved in production, or postproduction, so I can only give them the material I’ve given them and hope that it is helpful for them. I’m curious to see what they do with it.”
He adds that his plans were always to respect Gene Roddenberry’s original vision in:
“…creating [Discovery] and getting to the heart of what the important themes were to me as a Star Trek fan—how do we get along with people who are different than ourselves? How do we find common ground? How do move into the future together? Those themes were implicit in the scripts that I wrote before I left.”
Will he return for season two? Right now there’s no plan on the table for that, but he told Newsweek, “They have my number and if they need me I will absolutely be there for them.”
The latest casting news for Star Trek: Discovery is that Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, and Anthony Rapp are all aboard. Get the details on their characters here. The show is scheduled to premiere in May 2017.