Bryan Fuller Wants Star Trek Back On TV, Angela Bassett In The Captain’s Chair

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FullerNow that Star Trek Into Darkness has come and gone and been furiously argued about, Trek has receded from the limelight just a little bit. No doubt it will kick into full gear again once J.J. Abrams officially confirms or denies that he’ll be directing Trek 3, but in the meantime perhaps it’s time to raise an entirely different subject: Trek making a return to its original home of television. It seems I’m not the only one who’s been dreaming about that, as Hannibalshowrunner Bryan Fuller shared his thoughts about who he’d want in the Captain’s seat a while back.

Fuller, who created such memorable but short-lived shows as Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls, had actually been trying to get a new Star Trek TV series going last year, collaborating with another Brian: director Brian Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past). Apparently the two had each been brainstorming a new Trek TV pitch, and eventually decided to pool their resources to try and make it happen. The scuttlebutt at the time was that Fuller and Singer wanted to do a TV spinoff set on the U.S.S. Reliant, presumably still set within the “new” continuity of Abrams’ movies. Unfortunately, Fuller later said that, with the franchise focused on Abrams’ big-screen adventures, the TV series was probably a non-starter, at least for the time-being.

But that was a year ago, and Abrams’ future involvement with the Star Trek franchise is very much up in the air. Even if he remains on as a producer while shifting his focus to Star Wars: Episode VII, it would mean a new director for Trek — a new creative direction — which sounds like a perfect time to bring the franchise back to the small screen as well. Whether it followed the adventures of the Reliant or something else entirely, it could help entice back long-time Trekkies who didn’t like Abrams’ movie take on Gene Roddenberry’s universe. Trek on the small screen could return to the more high-minded, humanistic, philosophical storytelling of the franchise’s roots, which the films could continue to serve up Abrams’ action-oriented brand.

Speaking with Den of Geek back in April, Fuller confirmed that his Trek series is still in limbo at this point. Fuller actually has a background in Star Trek, having worked on both Deep Space Nine and Voyager. He told Den of Geek he would still love to return to the Trek universe at some point, and even elaborated a bit on his Reliant idea:

Yeah, I think let [the adventures of the Enterprise] be the movies and let that be their story. I would love to do something on the Reliant. I want Angela Lansbury…Not Lansbury! I want Angela Bassett to be the captain, that’s who I would love to have, you know Captain Angela Bassett and First Officer Rosario Dawson. I would love to do that version of the show and but that’s in the future to be told.

What do you think? Would you tune in for Fuller’s Reliant series if it came to be? Then again, even if he wanted to return to Trek, Fuller’s got a full schedule these days…


  1. heronymo says:

    I’d look forward to any Trek on the small screen, as long as the quality is there. Season 4 of Enterprise, The Dominion War from DS9, most of TNG after Season 2, that was the good stuff. Alright, Voyager has some good episodes as well. And TOS, of course.

    The Reliant though? Hmm… I don’t know. I sort of wish that instead of movies, they brought the Enterprise crew back to the small screen.

    But either way, it’s going to be some time until we see Trek back in it’s proper home.

  2. zirtoc says:

    I’d love to put a little distance between us and stuffy starships. Surely there are other ways to go – a series from the perspective of Section 31 comes to mind. A show about the Maquis would be interesting (and not like Voyager where there were Maquis for about 3 episodes). There are so many other things to do besides ‘here’s a starfleet spaceship exploring the galaxy’ stories. As you say, leave that to the movies.

  3. Swoltz says:

    I’m glad he’s got a full schedule, because that idea REALLY blows.

  4. Daniel Rogers says:

    I liked pretty much all of enterprise the temporal cold war was a bit meh, but the xindi arc was great, loved next gen, loved tos as a kid but rewatching now it’s certainly aged, DS9 i found boring as hell sorry just couldnt get into it and i like 80% of voyager.

    New series? sure would love to see one but where can you go?

    A new enemy? trek has to many

    An old enemy returning? done to much i think

    something in the future, something in the past all been done as well, like i said would love to see it but it’s one of those series where almost everything has been squeezed out of the sponge already

    • Allan Randall says:

      Where would you go? It’s a pretty big galaxy and ST has only explored a small part of it. There’s plenty of Milky Way to go around.

  5. Allan Randall says:

    I’m not a fan of Abrams movies, too much “time travel changed everything” nonsense. When you look at the things that have changed you end up frustrated and annoyed. I have no problem with Trek being about a new (non-Enterprise) ship and crew.

  6. WhimsicalSpecks says:

    Brian Fuller has a magnificent idea going. Perhaps, though, he could join with Michael Dorn, Tim Russ, and Walter Koenig, collaborate on Star Trek: Renegades? And I’m loving zirtoc’s idea of doing something from Section 31’s perspective!
    I’m sick of JJ Trek, that misogynistic shallow lensflare-blinded toilet bowl alternate timeline (if you understood how the new movies developed, it’s basically an AU, but with the consequence of destroying the prime timeline’s Romulus, ahem) and would rather Brian Fuller continue, if he should, from the prime universe, and taking into account the aforementioned destroyed planet and innocent displaced Romulan civilians and the Tal Shiar etc etc… Basically continuing how Star Trek Online has expanded the prime universe.