Bryan Fuller talks new Trek

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    Is it a coincidence that this dropped simultaneously with the fan film rules? [LINK]

    Where are you in the writing process of the show?

    FULLER: We’ve got the arc of the first season entirely written, or arced out, and we’ve got the first six episodes entirely broken.

    Is it going to be 13 or 22 episodes?

    FULLER: Thirteen.

    I’m assuming this is going to be one story over thirteen episodes.

    FULLER: Yes.

    That’s a thing that excites me so much.

    FULLER: Oh, good! Me too.

    Because I’m imagining even CBS is saying “We need something that can stream 13 episodes”.

    FULLER: And there are 762 episodes of Star Trek television, so over six episodes we have to tell stories differently than they’ve been told for fifty years.

    When is the shooting schedule?

    FULLER: We start in September.

    And you go until?

    FULLER: Probably March.

    So you’re going 60-minute runtimes, right?

    FULLER: I think our runtime is flexible because it’s streaming.

    That’s sort of what I was wondering because you don’t have to hit the 44-minute mark.

    FULLER: I think it’s anywhere from—they gave us parameters, and I can’t remember exactly where it was. It was sort of, “No more than this, no less than that.”

    I’m assuming you’ve picked out stages?

    FULLER: Yes, we’ve got stages and we’re very far along. We’re going to be putting sets up in a couple of weeks.

    So you’ve basically been meeting with people for casting.

    FULLER: I’ve met with a few actors, and it’s an interesting process. There’s a few people that we like and we want to carry on what Star Trek does best, which is being progressive. So it’s fascinating to look at all of these roles through a colorblind prism and a gender-blind prism, so that’s exciting.

    One of the things I love about TV is you can really go hardcore sci-fi because you’re not trying to hit four quadrants.

    FULLER: Right, right. And because we’re CBS All Access, we’re not subject to network broadcast standards and practices. It will likely affect us more in terms of what we can do graphically, but Star Trek’s not necessarily a universe where I want to hear a lot of profanity, either.

    What are they thinking about the show at the network?

    FULLER: When I first sat down with them, it was “Do you have a plan of what you want to do?” And they said, “No,” and I said, “I have a plan,” and we started talking. And it was wonderful to be working with Alex Kurtzman, who I have a tremendous amount of respect for, and who’s such an elegant storyteller and crafting a story with him that ties in so many elements of Star Trek that I think people will be really excited about because you can look at the original series and pick out episodes we’re using the DNA of and using the spirit of what Star Trek offers, both in terms of high-concept science fiction storytelling and really wonderful metaphors for the human condition.

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    Star Trek is a valuable brand all over the world, I can’t imagine they’ll just pass up syndication rights to other regions. Not every place has decent internet access, some places still watch TV like in the olden days. How will they handle foreign markets? Will a special version of their streaming service be made available for places like, say, Japan or Britain? Will they license it for regular TV viewing in places like the Middle East? In this day and age you have to take foreign markets into account (look how prominent China has become for movies in the past decade) so I’m naturally curious how they’ll handle a US-only streaming show outside the country.


    They already have broadcast deals sewn up with networks in other countries. Those territories, at least, get to see it on TV.

    Hopefully that’s something of a saving grace, as I imagine it’ll be heavily pirated in the US.

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