Looks like Bryan Fuller was a red shirt.
The director has stepped down as the showrunner for CBS’s upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series, according to Variety. Fuller’s exit comes in the wake of disagreements with the network and preexisting commitments to two other shows, Starz’s American Gods and NBC’s Amazing Stories reboot.
Fuller, who is known for beloved cult hits like Pushing Daisies and Hannibal, generated a lot of buzz when he was signed on to helm Discovery. However, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the project, which was intended to be the flagship show for CBS’s All Access streaming service.
Production is slotted to start in Toronto in November, but CBS announced last month that they were pushing the premiere date back from January since the show needed more time for story work and visual effects production.
The director wasn’t able to devote the necessary time to the show, though he will continue to serve as an executive producer and will lend a hand when needed.
Writer-director Akiva Goldsman, who was a producer on I Am Legend and A Beautiful Mind, has been beamed up into the showrunner role, according to reports.
Fans of Fuller hoped that his unique creative vision might bring great things to the latest Trek franchise, and it’s sad to see him go.