Nicholas Meyer, who directed “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” in addition to writing the screenplays for “Undiscovered Country” and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” has joined CBS Television Studios and Bryan Fuller’s new “Star Trek” series as a consulting producer and writer, the network announced Friday.
“Nicholas Meyer chased Kirk and Khan ’round the Mutara Nebula and ’round Genesis’ flames, he saved the whales with the Enterprise and its crew, and waged war and peace between Klingons and the Federation. We are thrilled to announce that one of ‘Star Trek’s’ greatest storytellers will be boldly returning as Nicholas Meyer beams aboard the new ‘Trek’ writing staff,” said Fuller in a statement.
As previously announced, the new series will launch with a special preview broadcast on CBS in early 2017, with all subsequent first-run episodes then bowing exclusively on CBS All Access, the network’s digital SVOD and live streaming service. The series is the first original show developed for CBS All Access. Fuller will serve as showrunner for the new series, in addition to his duties on Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s popular novel “American Gods,” which he executive produces alongside Michael Green.
Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin will also executive produce the new iteration of “Trek,” which will be produced in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout banner.
The creative plan is for the series to introduce new characters and civilizations, existing outside of the mythology charted by previous series and the current movie franchises.