‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Ship Design Not Necessarily Final, Says Producer
At long last, Comic-Con 2016 brought word that Bryan Fuller’s CBS All-Access Star Trek series would bear the title Discovery, named for the ship we glimpsed in the brief promo, though reactions to the design proved somewhat mixed. Many noted similarity to Ralph McQuarrie designs for the Enterprise, but according to executive producers, the U.S.S. Discovery may yet change its final look.
The quality of effects seemed admittedly beneath what we’d expect from a final product, but TrekMovie had a chance to speak with executive producer Heather Kadin a bit on the design after Fuller previewed the clip in the Star Trek 50th anniversary panel. Fuller himself acknowledged in a press conference that the McQuarrie similarity was “to a point where we legally can’t comment on it until we figure out some things,” while Kadin expressly denied that they’d locked down the details:
For the promo materials that we’ve been seeing, as the new trailer was released today, is that stuff the final versions?
NO! *laughs* I was surprised Bryan didn’t say that, actually. I mean, we had three weeks to throw that together. We wanted to show fans…we’re super-excited by the score that this amazing composer, Phil Eisner, threw together as an audition and he did an incredible job. The concepts of the ship are totally what we’re going for and they’ll be honed up until, I think, the day we deliver.
Shooting in Toronto this fall, the new 13-episode Star Trek: Discovery is officially said to return to the timeline previously rebooted by J.J. Abrams’ film series, as well to be “heavily serialized,” akin to a novel, more-so than an episodic nature.
Bryan Fuller will headline the new streaming iteration of Star Trek as co-creator and executive producer, while Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer has also joined alongside Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod, fan-favorite Voyager novel alum Kirsten Beyer, franchise vet Joe Menosky and Heroes writer Aron Coleite. So reads the initial synopsis for the series, which debuts on CBS in January 2017 before moving to All-Access:
The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.
Additional details will emerge soon, but what should we expect from the new streaming Star Trek: Discovery?
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