Bryan Fuller Steps Back From Star Trek: Discovery


Bryan Fuller will no longer be the showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery, but will stay on as executive producer.

Variety is reporting that Star Trek: Discovery has lost its showrunner. Bryan Fuller, who had been the major force behind Discovery is stepping down as showrunner. Fuller will stay on as executive producer and have story imput, but it’s hard not to see this as a blow to the new Star Trek series.

Fuller will be handing off the showrunner position to producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts.

Here’s a short excerpt of what you can find in the Variety piece.

"Fuller, who will remain an executive producer, will still be involved in breaking stories, and the show will continue to follow his vision for the universe that this latest “Trek” series will inhabit.Sources said there had been some strain between “Star Trek” producer CBS Television Studios and Fuller over the progress of production on the show, as Fuller is also juggling the final weeks of shooting and post-production duties on Starz’s upcoming drama “American Gods” and prepping a reboot of “Amazing Stories” for NBC."

It sounds like this has a lot to do with the delay in production of Star Trek: Discovery.  Obviously the premiere’s move to May was indicative of problems with the series’ production and not as we had hoped just “wanting to get it right”.

We’ve been very positive on Star Trek: Discovery on this site, but it’s hard not to see the loss of the man who pushed for the series in the first place as a bad sign. It’s hard not to think that CBS is bumbling the franchise that they once called their “family jewel” at this point.

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