‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Was Originally Intended To Be An Anthology Series

Star Trek: Discovery FullerBryan Fuller, the original showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery has revealed that he intended the show to be an anthology series. In 2016, Fuller was announced as the showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery, the first Star Trek show to air in over a decade. The excitement was quite high, considering that Bryan Fuller was responsible for critically acclaimed shows like Pushing Daisies and Hannibal.

Fuller later left the show, citing scheduling differences between Star Trek: Discovery‘s CBS All Access and his other gig on Starz, American Gods. It seems clear that some creative differences were present between the network and Fuller, as CBS’ original plan to spend $6 million per episode went over board. CBS also wanted to have the show launch by February 2017, which seemed quite unrealistic.

When speaking with EW, Fuller revealed that his original pitch was that the show would be an anthology,

“The original pitch was to do for science-fiction what American Horror Story had done for horror. It would platform a universe of Star Trek shows.”

Essentially, the show would start in the Discovery timeline, but then move through the eras of Kirk and Pickard, to reach a point where the franchise had never been. CBS decided that the best way to go forward would be to create a single serialized show and see how the show would perform. This compromised Fuller’s original vision which would have been “a more heavily allegorical and complex story line”, as opposed to something more serialized.

CBS and Fuller clashed once more when it came time to decide a director for the pilot, with CBS wanting to hire David Semel, a veteran of shows like Madam Secretary and Code Black. Fuller, on the other hand, wanted someone more “visionary” and had reached out to Scott Pilgrim vs The World and Baby Driver director Edgar Wright. In the end, Semel was hired to helm the pilot, and the rest is history.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m ET/PT on CBS with the following fourteen episodes coming exclusively on the CBS All Access streaming service weekly. The season is set to be released in two halves with the first eight episodes running through November 5, followed by the second half picking up in January 2018. Are you excited?

Source: EW

Aahil Dayani

Aahil Dayani

Aahil Dayani is a writer and film enthusiast from Toronto, Ontario. When he isn't writing about movies, he pretends to watch them.

  • Carl

    Wow that original idea sounds great.