Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller – who now has a bit of time on his hands -has revealed that he is trying to get a new TV vision for Star Trek off the ground.
In an interview with IF magazine, the writer and producer said: “I told my agent and told the people of J.J. Abrams’ team I want to create another Star Trek series and have an idea that I’m kicking around. I would love to return to the spirit of the old series with the colours and attitude. I loved Voyager and Deep Space Nine, but they seem to have lost the ‘60s fun and I would love to take it back to its origin.”
Fuller’s vision for the putative new show is one based on ‘old-style’ Star Trek, and presumably he might have to fight a great many other contenders if J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie is the blockbuster Paramount hopes for in May – not least of whom is Abrams, currently a more formidable presence in television. There’s obvious potential to simply reboot The Original Series with a new TV cast playing Kirk, Spock, McCoy et al, running in tandem with a new cinematic Star Trek prequel franchise.
The last time the federation was on the small screen was for the four-season run of Enterprise, which ended when the series was cancelled in 2005. By general consensus, Star Trek product had been over-saturating TV for years…but has the jaded palette of viewers been cleansed enough now for a new infusion of episodic Enterprise antics?
Fuller is no Trek-amateur – he produced the final season of Voyager and contributed 22 episodes as writer to both Deep Space Nine and Voyager.