At the recent Saturn Awards, Bryan Fuller gave a few details about the new Star Trek television series, which will be streamed on CBS All Access early next year.
Fuller was excited and happy to be named showrunner for the new series. “It’s wonderful. It’s surreal. I didn’t want to be a writer. I wanted to be a Star Trek writer, so to be able to craft a new iteration of the show with new characters and a whole new adventure and whole new way of telling stories that you haven’t been able to tell on Star Trek is honorable and it’s a dream come true. It’s hard to articulate that.”
The show is already being written, with the first season containing thirteen episodes. “We’ve got the arc of the first season already written, or arced out,” said Fuller. “And we’ve got the first six episodes entirely broken.”
Start looking for more detailed information, including the timeline, very soon. “I imagine around [San Diego] Comic-con,” said Fuller, saying when he thought more details would be released. “It’s interesting because normally I love talking about everything, and I’m sort of relieved I’ve been muzzled by CBS on it because I do less interviews, so I can spend more time writing, but I love talking about Star Trek and I love being involved in it, so I’ll be very excited to share when the muzzle comes off of me.”
Casting is in progress. “I’ve met with a few actors, and it’s an interesting process,” said Fuller. “There [are] a few people that we like and we want to carry on what Star Trek does best, which is being progressive. So it’s fascinating to look at all of these roles through a colorblind prism and a gender-blind prism, so that’s exciting.
“We haven’t booked directors yet. We booked Vincenzo Natali, who will be our producing director, but he’s not directing the first episode.”
Stages (in Vancouver) have been selected too. “Yes, we’ve got stages and we’re very far along,” said Fuller. “We’re going to be putting sets up in a couple of weeks.”
Shooting will begin “in September,” said Fuller, and will last until “probably March.” Run time should be around an hour, but “our runtime is flexible because it’s streaming.”