The writer/producer now says, in an interview with Newsweek, that he won’t be involved at all in the new Trek TV series coming to CBS All Access next year. “I’m not involved in production, or postproduction,” he says. “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.”
Fuller, who has amassed a loyal fan following with cult favorites like Hannibal and Pushing Daisies, was supposed to helm Discovery, but his commitment to Starz’s American Gods made it impossible to do both. “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 tells Newsweek. (Discovery has already been delayed once, and is now slated for a May 2017 debut.) “It is bittersweet. But it was just a situation that couldn’t be resolved otherwise… so I had to step away.”
His imprint will still be felt on Discovery, though: Fuller wrote the first two episodes, and mapped out the story arc for the entire first season. But that arc may change now that Fuller has stepped down and Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have replaced him as showrunners. (Fuller retains an executive-producer credit.)
And Fuller is still leaving the (shuttle bay) door open for a return. Asked if he’d return for a possible Season 2 of Discovery, Fuller says, “They have my number, and if they need me, I will absolutely be there for them.”
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