Bryan Fuller Drops Off as Star Trek Discovery Show Runner
Star Trek Discovery creator and show runner Bryan Fuller has announced today (October 26th 2015) that he will no longer be taking the lead on the new series. Instead, he will be taking a less active role, leaving it to Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts to fill the role.
CBS Television put out the following statement: “We are extremely happy with the creative direction of Star Trek: Discovery and the strong foundation that Bryan Fuller has helped us create for the series. Due to Bryan’s other projects, he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day of Star Trek, but he remains an executive producer, and will continue to map out the story arc for the entire season. Alex Kurtzman, co-creator and executive producer, along with Fuller’s producing partners and longtime collaborators, Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts, will also continue to oversee the show with the existing writing and producing team.”
Today, Fuller made the announcement on his twitter account, indicating that Berg and Harberts would be taking over the lead. Berg and Harberts have been involved with Star Trek: Discovery for some time.
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) October 27, 2016
The announcement of Fuller handing over the reins didn’t come as a surprise to many who saw the Star Trek Discovery show runner as being spread thin. He will continue to work with the series as an executive producer.
Long-Time Star Trek Fan
It’s all likely a heart-breaker for Fuller who has considered himself to be a huge Star Trek fan for much of his life, and was a member of Star Trek Voyager’s crew. But given the amount of work he still has under other contracts, it’s probably for the best that the series gets the full attention it needs. CBS Television also remarked “Bryan is a brilliant creative talent and passionate Star Trek fan, who has helped us chart an exciting course for the series. We are all committed to seeing this vision through and look forward to premiering Star Trek: Discovery this coming May 2017.”
The good news is that Fuller will still be involved in the series. He’s already penned two episodes and has mostly fleshed out the first season’s story arc already. Of course that was done, no doubt, with the assistance of the writing staff.
Gretchen J. Berg Responds to Bryan Fuller
Updated October 29th:
Just today, Gretchen J. Berg responded to Fuller on Twitter, assuring Fuller that they (Berg and Harberts) would make him proud. [Looking at the tweet history of Berg and Harberts, neither appear to be very active on Twitter]
Bryan, you're my brother, mentor & friend. We will continue what we started & make you proud. I love your gorgeous heart & soul. Thx. xxoo https://t.co/V4tOpxVauy
— Gretchen J. Berg (@GretchenJBerg) October 28, 2016
Gretchen J. Berg and Star Trek Discovery writing partner Aaron Harberts met when they were students attending Northwestern University in Evanston. Here’s to hoping that this means good synergies right from the start.