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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Star Trek: Discovery Was Pitched As An Anthology Series

Star Trek: Discovery wasn't always envisioned as a single series. In fact, had the network moved forward with Bryan Fuller's original pitch, it would've been a very different show indeed.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the Hannibal showrunner pitched a series of multiple serialized anthology shows that would journey through multiple points within the Star Trek Universe. Fuller would begin the series with Star Trek: Discovery then  journey through the eras of Captain James T. Kirk and Captain Jean Luc Picard before going beyond to a time in history that has never been seen within the franchise before.

"The original pitch was to do for science-fiction what American Horror Story had done for horror," Fuller says. "It would platform a universe of Star Trek shows."

Despite the fact that CBS moved forward with their own idea for the show, Fuller was stilled thrilled to be working on a new Star Trek series. Previously having worked on both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, Fuller had long been hoping to see the show back on the small screen - especially with a woman of color at the forefront.

"I couldn’t stop thinking about how many black people were inspired by seeing Nichelle Nichols on the bridge of a ship [as Lt. Uhura in The Original Series],” Fuller told trade. “I couldn’t stop thinking about how many Asian people were inspired by seeing George Takei [as Sulu] and feeling that gave them hope for their place in the future. I wanted to be part of that representation for a new era." 

Unfortunately, Fuller's relationship with the network became strained and he was eventually asked to step down and his position filled by the likes of Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg.

Despite this, we must admit that the thought of a Star Trek anthology series sounds like a lot of fun, and one that we're betting plenty of fans would've been down with had it come to fruition.

What do you think, Infinite Earths fans? Are you happy with the way things are shaping up on Star Trek: Discovery, or would you rather have seen Fuller's original idea as the premise of the show?

Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns to television 50 years after it first premiered with STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The series will premiere on the CBS Television Network with all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service, and will be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers.

Starring Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaac, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp and James Frain, Star Trek: Discovery heads for the final frontier Sunday, September 24th.   

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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