Ever since Into Darkness, Star Trek fans are in need of a little love. That film's cloying, unearned stabs at sentimentality and fan service only ended up annoying fans and baffling the newbies. Thankfully Star Trek: Beyond looks somewhat better, but the really good news right now is that a dude that knows a thing or two about refreshing and reinventing beloved characters, Bryan Fuller, is on his way to be the showrunner for Trek's next small screen adventure.
According to Variety (link below), this marks a homecoming of sorts for Fuller, who cut his teeth in the late 90s as a writer on both Deep Space Nine and Voyager.
“My very first experience of ‘Star Trek’ is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the ‘Star Trek’ universe lit my imagination on fire,” said Fuller. “It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand new iteration of ‘Star Trek’ with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no ‘Star Trek’ series has gone before.”
He's saying all of the right things, including leaving Roberto Orci out of the discussion, which is sure to make Trekkers happy. I'm excited to see how this new small screen Trek will turn out, and we'll all find out in less than a year when the series debuts on CBS in January, 2017. Now, if he can just convince Mads Mikkelsen to play a villain...