Despite being heavily involved in the creation of new Star Trek TV spin-off Star Trek: Discovery, Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daises) has decided to step back from his role as day-to-day showrunner, owing to work commitments, reports Variety.
We’re not surprised, as we were wondering how he was going to juggle his Trek role with his duties on STARZ’s American Gods and NBC’s Amazing Stories reboot. Busy man.
Fuller remains connected to the Trek series as executive producer, however, and the series is moving forward based on his original ideas and concepts. And according to a Tweet from Fuller himself, the showrunning chores will be taken over by fellow executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts (who have worked as a team on shows such as Roswell, Reign and Revenge).
Previously scheduled for January 2017, the new Star Trek series has already been delayed until next May to accommodate Fuller’s schedule.
Variety also suggests that most of the show’s casting has already taken place in secret, although the lead role, a female Lieutenant Commander, is still vacant, though expect an announcement on that front soon as production on Star Trek: Discovery is set to begin next month in Toronto. The series has been budgeted at roughly $6-7 million an episode, roughly on par with HBO’s Game Of Thrones.