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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Bryan Fuller stepping down from Discovery showrunner position

Drama in the Star Trek: Discovery production office! Bryan Fuller has stepped down from his showrunner role, due to the pressures of juggling work on several other shows at the same time. But his vision will still shape the series, and he continues on as an executive producer and writer. In a statement CBS explained the situation:
We are extremely happy with the creative direction of Star Trek: Discovery and the strong foundation that Bryan Fuller has helped us create for the series. Due to Bryan’s other projects, he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day of Star Trek, but he remains an executive producer, and will continue to map out the story arc for the entire season. Alex Kurtzman, co-creator and executive producer, along with Fuller’s producing partners and longtime collaborators, Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, will also continue to oversee the show with the existing writing and producing team. Bryan is a brilliant creative talent and passionate Star Trek fan, who has helped us chart an exciting course for the series. We are all committed to seeing this vision through and look forward to premiering Star Trek: Discovery this coming May 2017.
In a tweet, Fuller endorsed Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts to take the lead on the production now:
Riker spent 7 years of TNG unready for Captaincy, @GretchenJBerg @AaronHarberts are ready. Thrilled to see them in command of the Bridge.
According to Variety, the new arrangement was worked out quickly, to allow Fuller to continue to be a key creative voice in the production, while also juggling his other projects. Variety also report writer-director Akiva Goldsman is also to join the production in a "top creative role". Goldsman's previous work is mostly on movies (with writing credits including A Beautiful Mind, I, Robot, and I am Legend), but has also worked on several TV series, including writer, producer, and director credits on fellow Discovery producer, Alex Kurtzman's, series Fringe.

Reporting on the news, The Hollywood Reporter also noted lots of new character details for the series from "sources":
...the cast also will feature an openly gay actor as one of the male leads (which Fuller confirmed), a female admiral, a male Klingon captain, a male admiral, a male adviser and a British male doctor.
Although with production due to start next month, the female lead is apparently yet to be cast.

Star Trek: Discovery is due to start in May next year, it will be distributed almost everywhere in the world on Netflix, except for the US where is will be available on CBS All Access, and Canada where it will be on Bell Media channels and services. To keep track of all the latest details from the new show, visit my Star Trek: Discovery guide page.






Saturday, 22 October 2016

Latest Star Trek coins and stamps from the Perth Mint and Australia Post

The Perth Mint have been busy designing coins to celebrate Star Trek's 50th anniversary this year, with some create designs and packaging, and tie-ins to releases from Australia Post. Continue below to check out all the latest Star Trek coins:

The most recently minted join pulls together the entire TOS main cast on a colour printed two ounce silver coin. As ever with Star Trek coins from Perth Mint, this is technically legal tender in Tuvala, however the metals used are rather more valuable than the face value of two dollars! Being from Tuvala, the other side of the coin features the bust of Queen Elizabeth II. This is released in an edition of five-thousand.


Friday, 21 October 2016

Bridge Crew cover and release date

Ubisoft have announced Bridge Crew, the virtual reality video game, is having it's release date pushed back, and will now launch in March next year, rather than this autumn. They posted a short update on their blog, indicating the delay is to allow more time to develop the game:
In order to deliver the best game experience possible at launch, we have decided to push the release of Star Trek: Bridge Crew to March 14, 2017. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is designed exclusively for VR and we want to offer a compelling and engaging experience. Command of the USS Aegis is right around the corner!
Meanwhile the cover has been released: