Hollywood screenwriter and Clarkston native Bryan Fuller is no longer part of the upcoming TV series Star Trek: Discovery. Instead, his focus is now devoted to the upcoming Starz series, American Gods.
Fuller called his departure from Trek bittersweet in an interview with Newsweek magazine earlier this month. Fuller was showrunner for CBSs latest reboot of the franchise. The title gave him overall creative authority and management responsibility. Fuller told Newsweek he stepped down because he couldnt commit to the schedule laid out by the network.
The show was set to premiere in January but the date was back to May. At the same time Fuller was and remains a showrunner for American Gods.
It felt like it was best for me to focus on landing the plane with American Gods and making sure that was delivered in as elegant and sophisticated a fashion as I could possibly do, Fuller told Newsweek.
American Gods is a Starz original series to premiere sometime in 2017. It is based on a best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman about how gods and mythological creatures exist because of peoples belief in them. As times change, old gods lose their power and new gods are formed. (See the First Look Trailer below)
The cast includes Ian McShane of Deadwood as Mr. Wednesday and Gillian Anderson as Media, among many others.
Fuller wrote the first two episodes of Discovery and charted a story arc for the 13-part first season. The show made headlines last summer when it was announced that Lt. Sulus character will be portrayed as a gay man, a decision George Takei, who played Sulu on the original TV series, called really unfortunate, despite being gay himself.
Fuller will retain an executive producer credit for Discovery, but whether the new showrunners will follow his vision for the series is up to them.
Fullers work, which includes Hannibal and Dead Like Me, is often dark and moody. The first trailer for American Gods appears to follow that vein.