Star Trek’s return to television has hit another slight bump in the road. Following the delay of the series from it’s originally planned January 2017 launch on CBS All Access to a May launch, Star Trek: Discovery series showrunner Bryan Fuller has now stepped down from his position on the series, according to Variety.
Executive Producers Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg will be taking over the showrunner position, and Akiva Goldsman will reportedly join the series in an unspecified high-level role. Fuller will remain as an executive producer is reportedly set to still be helping with breaking stories and his vision for the revival series will continue to guide it as they move forward.
The change in roles on the series comes just ahead of plans to begin filming next month to meet the new May premiere date.
With Fuller’s other commitments to Starz’s American Gods and NBC’s Amazing Stories reboot, along with the move in September to delay the premiere of the series, the move is not entirely surprising as CBS seemed to be banking on Star Trek: Discovery to be the center of their new streaming platform.
Variety’s sources report that there was a strain between the studio and Fuller over the fact that the series was delayed and his attention was diverted to so many projects, along with the fact that the show’s lead character has yet to be cast with production around the corner.
Fuller’s enthusiasm for the property along with his veteran Star Trek status from his time spent on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager had seemed to please many in the fan base as they prepared for the first Star Trek TV series in over a decade.
Star Trek: Discovery is expected to premiere on CBS before all further episodes will be released only on the CBS All-Access platform in May 2017.