Bryan Singer's Star Trek: Federation - the "Trek" that never was

Bryan Singer's Star Trek: Federation - the "Trek" that never was

by Gene Turnbow

Bryan Singer and Bryan Fuller are currently working on the remake of The Munsters, and the collaboration is going so well the two would like to combine forces and breathe new life into a Star Trek TV series.

Star Trek fans haven’t had a product on the air since 2005, when Enterprise went off the air. While J.J. Abrams has breathed new life into the film franchise, nobody’s been able to get Trek back onto the small screen.  This may be about to change.

Ain’t It Cool News was been contacted by Bryan Fuller (director of Pushing Daisies) who informs the site that:

the two Bryans, who have long (but separately) contemplated new “Star Trek” TV series, have discussed the possibility of pooling their resources to take a new corner of Gene Roddenberry’s multiverse to the small screen.

Fuller is currently the producer on NBC’s The Munsters remake, which was recently retitled Mockingbird Lane. Bryan Singer is on board as the director of the crucial pilot episode. If the show flies, it’ll go a long way toward convincing the bean counters to give them a crack at developing a new Star Trek show.

Before J.J. Abrams rebooted the ‘Star Trek’ film franchise, Bryan Singer was developing a new TV series set several centuries after ‘The Next Generation’ – called ‘Star Trek: Federation.’ This take on Star Trek was to have been considerably darker than the hopeful future upon which the franchise was founded – it would have made the Federation a crumbling shadow of its former self, with a small rag-tag police force wandering the galaxy trying to preserve the peace and keep whatever was left of the Federation from slipping into oblivion. It’s just as well that this version was never pitched – J.J. Abrams had already committed to the Star Trek film reboot in 2009, and Trek was already moving in a different direction, so they decided to shelve the idea.

This is a news story that isn’t a news story.  No script has been written, but the two have stated their intent, and there is definitely some major influence and talent between the two directors.  The world of Star Trek fandom is already buzzing with excitement at the prospect of a new Star Trek show for television, and we think that’s a strong indication all by itself that the public may be ready for one.

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