New 'Star Trek' Series Coming, To Be Overseen By 'Hannibal' Showrunner

By Josh Melo

After a 15 year absence from the franchise, Bryan Fuller is set to return to the universe that started it all for him. Fuller has just been named the showrunner and co-creator of the upcoming Star Trek TV series. Hit the jump for details!

Before we all knew him as the mind behind the disgustingly brilliant Hannibal, he was a writer for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Now, a full 15 years later, he is returning the the franchise that kicked off his career.

Here's the official press release:

STUDIO CITY, CALIF. – Feb. 9, 2016 – Bryan Fuller, who launched his career writing for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager,” will return to the television franchise as co-creator and executive producer of the new CBS “Star Trek” series.

As previously announced, the new series, produced by CBS Television Studios, will launch with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network in early 2017. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service. The new “Star Trek” series marks the first original series developed for CBS All Access. The next chapter of the “Star Trek” franchise will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.

“My very first experience of ‘Star Trek’ is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the ‘Star Trek’ universe lit my imagination on fire,” said executive producer Bryan Fuller. “It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand-new iteration of ‘Star Trek’ with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no ‘Star Trek’ series has gone before.”

“Bringing ‘Star Trek’ back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan’s devoted care,” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “His encyclopedic knowledge of ‘Trek’ canon is surpassed only by his love for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic future, a vision that continues to guide us as we explore strange new worlds.”

“For the past 50 years, ‘Star Trek’ has been a groundbreaking franchise that not only changed the landscape of television, but made a significant impact on pop culture,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “When we began discussions about the series returning to television, we immediately knew that Bryan Fuller would be the ideal person to work alongside Alex Kurtzman to create a fresh and authentic take on this classic and timeless series. Bryan is not only an extremely gifted writer, but a genuine fan of ‘Star Trek.’ Having someone at the helm with his gravitas who also understands and appreciates the significance of the franchise and the worldwide fan base was essential to us.”

Specifics as to which characters will end up on the show are scarce, but it is plainly evident that Bryan Fuller is excited to be working in the Star Trek universe once again.

Solid sci-fi has been hard to come by in the land of television, and with Star Wars making such a comeback and the looming release of a new Star Trek film, this new project could not have come at a better time.

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Star Trek is set to premiere sometime in 2017.