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Bryan Fuller has already declined his post as showrunner for the anticipated Star Trek: Discovery television show, but it appears he will be pulling out of all of his creative duties for the program as well.
The newest incarnation of Star Trek is set to premiere sometime in May. Originally the series was to debut in January of 2017, but changes have affected the schedule in such a way that filming has not yet begun. Bryan Fuller was announced to be the showrunner during its conception, but he stepped down from his position in October of this year. There were rumors that he would have creative input as an executive producer or writer, but Fuller addressed these quotes in an interview with Newsweek:
“I’m not involved in production, or post-production, 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.”
Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have stepped up to the showrunning mantle. The series will continue to be produced by CBS Television Studios, Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions, and Roddenberry Entertainment.
Instead, The Wrap writes that Fuller will be focusing on his new Starz show American Gods, based off the Neil Gaiman novel. American Gods was created by Fuller and Michael Green and is also slated to premiere next year. Fuller states:
“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. 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.”