After getting off to a shaky start, with fans questioning the wisdom of heading straight to a streaming service like CBS All Access, Bryan Fuller's Star Trek series is picking up steam.
Besides the announcement of the fan-favorite Fuller (Heroes, Pushing Daisies, Hannibal) as showrunner, yesterday it came out that Star Trek legend Nicholas Meyer will be a part of the series' writing staff and serve as a consulting producer for the show.
"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.
Meyer directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, widely considered the best feature film outing for the franchise and one of the best science-fiction movies of all time. He's understood to have had an uncredited role in writing the movie as well. He's credited with writing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and co-writing and directing Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
The new Star Trek series will launch in early 2017. A special premiere episode will air on the CBS in the U.S., and all subsequent first-run episodes will be available exclusively on CBS All Access.