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'Hannibal' & 'Pushing Daisies' Creator To Helm New 'Star Trek' Series

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Bryan Fuller, who developed Pushing Daisies and Hannibal, is going to be helming the new Star Trek series. You might know Bryan Fuller from his work as the creator ABC's Pushing Daisies or NBC's Hannibal. What you might not know is that the in-demand showrunner's earliest credits were writing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine followed by Star Trek: Voyager. He'll now be in charge of the new Star Trek series, which will premiere in 2017 on CBS before exclusively moving to CBS All Access, the network's streaming service. The show will be executive produced by Alan Kurtzman, who was a writer and producer for Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), EW reports.

Fuller said he first became aware of Star Trek not through the show, but via his brother playing with a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser toy when they were kids.

There are few details as to what this new series will be about, or when in the Star Trek canon it will take place: Hannibal, for instance, took the Thomas Harris story back to a time before the events of Red Dragon, focusing on serial killer Hannibal Lecter's relationship with FBI profiler Will Graham. It was cancelled after three seasons, before Fuller could introduce Silence of the Lambs characters Clarice Starling or Buffalo Bill.

Fuller has been talking about doing a Star Trek show for a long time, and has previously hinted an interest in the U.S.S. Reliant. While most of Star Trek tends to take place on board the Enterprise, the Reliant made an appearance in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan when Khan took the ship over. Notably, Khan took over the ship by capturing two commanding officers and letting an eel that made people susceptible to mind control enter their ears and latch onto their brains. Yikes.

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"I would love to do something on the Reliant," he told Den of Geek in 2013. "I want Angela Bassett to be the captain, that's who I would love to have, you know Captain Angela Bassett and First Officer Rosario Dawson."

That sounds pretty cool.

Fuller is also working on a TV version of Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods, which is set to premiere on Starz in 2017.