Collider has spoken with STAR TREK showrunner Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and scored some juicy details about the upcoming CBS series. They confirmed the number of episodes in the first series, how they are lining up directors and how working for CBS ALL Access liberates them from traditional network restrictions.
“We’ve got the arc of the first season entirely written, or arced out, and we’ve got the first six episodes entirely broken,” confirmed Fuller, adding that it would be “thirteen” episodes in the first year, keeping in line with the expectations of streaming content as set by Netflix. He also added that it would be one story told over the course of those 13 episodes.
He went on to add that while they haven’t booked in directors yet, Vincenzo Natali will serve as the producing director, although he is not directing the first episode. “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.”
The singular story concept has been done in Star Trek before, with the third season of Enterprise tracking one continuous story over the course of a year. Here we see STAR TREK responding to the modern demands of television content, putting out that story in a package that demanding viewers can stream in a single day.
More details are expected at Comic-Con. Read the full interview over at Collider.