Last month we reported on Bryan Fuller’s exit from Star Trek: Discovery as showrunner. It was stated that he would remain in the capacity of executive producer and that the reins had been passed to his co- creator and EP Alex Kurtzman, along with Fuller’s producing partners and longtime collaborators, Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts.
The incredibly prolific and busy Fuller has been working on Starz’ American Gods. This was the reason given, in fact, for his departure. His plate was just too full. The statements released certainly tried to give an air of ‘we came to this decision together’ but there is no doubt more complicated dealings were unfolding behind the curtain.
Fuller fans were worried about the announcement but found comfort in the fact that Fuller was responsible for the first two episodes and most of the first season of Star Trek: Discovery’s arc. But, after an interview with Newsweek, some fans are wondering if Fuller’s exit is a bad sign for the show especially after Fuller’s comments.
“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 explains to Newsweek. “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,” says Fuller. “But it was just a situation that couldn’t be resolved otherwise…so I had to step away.”
“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 says.
It’s very sad to hear that Fuller, such a bonafide Star Trek fan and writer, isn’t involved with the first season anymore. And although kudos to Fuller for knowing that he had to finish the much anticipated American Gods in the best way possible and with his full attention, the news does leave Star Trek fans worried about how the production will continue with Fuller’s vision when he won’t even be called upon to discuss it.
Of course, Fuller was not and is not the only capable person to work on Star Trek: Discovery. The names involved in the project are all formidable and many have excellent Star Trek street cred. The disappointment lies in losing ST: D’s main hype man. The biggest cheerleader for the show since it had been announced and we all knew he had the talent to back it up.
As far as a second season, Fuller had this to say,
“They have my number and if they need me I will absolutely be there for them.”
In Hollywood terms though, that’s not likely to happen. If the first season is successful, the studios will most likely want to keep everything exactly the same. Plus, Fuller will have a dozen more projects by then.