CBS just upped the cred on their new Star Trek series, big time. The network has recruited veteran Trek writer and Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer for the reboot. Hot damn, now that’s what I’m talking about. The Emmy-nominated writer, director, and producer, who wrote the screenplays The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country will write and produce on the new series.
Meyers’ addition comes on the heels of the fabulous news that Bryan Fuller, the man behind cult favorites like Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, and our dearly departed Hannibal — and a life-long Trekkie who got his industry start writing for Voyager and Deep Space Nine — will serve as showrunner for the new series. Which is to say that CBS is lining up an impressive set of talent with both the experience in and the passion for the Trek universe to make this show something really special.
“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,” Fuller said. “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.”
Beam me right the hell up, because I am already on board for the direction this new series is taking. Meyer is a bit of a legend in the Trek ‘verse, and often credited with reviving the franchise after Star Trek: The Motion Picture failed to impress. What’s more, when I had the pleasure of speaking with him a couple of years ago, Meyer demonstrated a sustained interest and thoughtful passion for the franchise — a quality that will no doubt be put to good use on the new series.
CBS will launch their Star Trek reboot in January 2017 with a preview episode broadcast on CBS before moving the series exclusively to the streaming service, CBS All Access. It remains to be seen if fans will be willing to shell out their money for a CBS-only streaming library on the desire for Star Trek alone, but if they keep putting the right pieces in place, you can bet I’ll be throwing down some spare change to give the series a chance.
What do you guys think? Does this show sound awesome or what? Excited that Meyer is back in the fold? Were you hoping for an entirely new spin on the property? Sound off in the comments below.