Following the news that Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller would be showrunner on the new Star Trek television series coming to CBS All Access, we now learn that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer is also joining the project as a writer and consulting producer.
Meyer, who also co-wrote Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and directed Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (which he co-wrote with Denny Martin Flynn), is considered by fans to be one of the best of the Trek filmmakers.
“Nicholas Meyer chased Kirk and Khan ’round the Mutara Nebula and ’round Genesis’ flames, he saved the whales with the Enterprise and its crew, and waged war and peace between Klingons and the Federation,” says Fuller. “We are thrilled announce that one of Star Trek’s greatest storytellers will be boldly returning as Nicholas Meyer beams aboard the new Trek writing staff.”
Meyer, who came to Star Trek II without much knowledge about the franchise, has always been a popular writer for fans, as he has always managed to tell good stories that combine adventure with emotional depth.
The new Trek series will not be connected to the current movie franchise, but no more details are available as to which universe will be the setting. The first episode will air on CBS with subsequent first-run episodes exclusively on CBS All Access, the network’s answer to pay-per-view channels like Netflix and Amazon Prime.