It's safe to say that the trailer for Star Trek: Discovery was met with positive reception. But considering the storied history of the Star Trek franchise, as well as the mixed response to installments of the recent film reboots, some Trekkies might still need to be won over before Discovery premieres in the fall.
Alex Kurtzman, who helped create the show alongside American Gods' Bryan Fuller, recently expressed his excitement towards the upcoming release of Discovery. The producer and director - who helped produce the 2008 Star Trek film - explained to Collider that the series was made by a cast and crew of Trek fans.
"I’m really excited for everybody to see Trek," Kurtzman explained, "and I was extremely pleased with the reception that our trailer got. It was awesome. It was really cool. All I’m going to say now is that you’re talking about a show that’s being written by a room full of fans, who all have very different relationships to Trek, and I think that’s healthy, and it’s a good thing. They love different aspects of Trek, and we’re really, really excited with how the scripts are going. The scripts are going great."
According to Kurtzman, this level of devotion was also aided by CBS' patience regarding the project - ensuring that the end result would please fans.
"We postponed our schedule, because the truth is we did not want to put out something that was sub-par. And as the vision expanded it, we started feeling like we weren’t going to be able to deliver the scope and scale that was on the page. CBS was extremely supportive in saying, okay, you know what, this is cable, this streaming. It’s not like we have to be out right away. Let’s do the best version of this. Trek is too important for all of us."
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Star Trek: Discovery was created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman. Fuller was originally intended to be Discovery's showrunner but was forced step down due to commitments to Starz' adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts have taken over as showrunners. Its cast includes Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, Rainn Wilson as Star Trek: The Original Series character Harry Mudd, James Frain as Sarek, Spock’s father, and Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, the captain of another Starfleet ship, the Shenzhou, which will be important to the plot of Star Trek: Discovery. Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp both play science officers. Mary Wiseman will play a final year Starfleet Academy cadet.
Star Trek: Discovery takes place roughly a decade prior to the five-year mission of Star Trek: The Original Series. In breaking with franchise tradition, the show’s main protagonist will not be a captain. Instead, it will be First Officer Michael Burnham played by The Walking Dead alum Sonequa Martin-Green.