Nicholas Meyer, the director of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," has followed Bryan Fuller into making a triumphant return to the Star Trek franchise.
And just in time for its 50th anniversary.
Meyer has been named to the writing staff of the upcoming Star Trek: Series VI, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This will make the first time Meyer has ever been involved with the television side of Trek, and the first time he's even touched the franchise since writing and directing "The Undiscovered Country" in 1991.
Meyer will not only join the writing staff of the series, but he'll also carry the title of consulting producer, according to the trade publication. He will work closely with co-developers Alex Kurtzman and Fuller to bring the franchise to life.
This latest surprise move by CBS for its All Access series literally brings together three different generations of Trek writers. Meyer, of course, had his hand in "Wrath of Khan," "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and "Undiscovered Country" with the original cast of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley. Fuller was involved with the spinoffs, including "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." Kurtzman, of course, was involved as a writer with the two most recently released films: "Star Trek" in 2009, and "Star Trek: Into Darkness" in 2013.
Meyer is a huge name in Trek fandom, dating back more than 30 years. What's most interesting, however, is that he never really considered himself a Star Trek fan. It was because of that he was brought in by Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s to develop what would become "Star Trek II." During pre-production, the script was a mess, according to reports, and Paramount executive Karen Moore remembered Meyer from his work as a writer and director for 1979's popular "Time After Time" with Malcolm McDowell and David Warner — two actors who would make their presence in the Star Trek universe known in later installments.
Meyer reportedly finished the "Wrath of Khan" script uncredited and by deadline, and directed the film with a budget of just $11 million, or $27.7 million today. The film would go on to gross $95.5 million worldwide, or $240.4 million today.
Although Meyer declined to work on "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock" (a film that would eventually be directed by Nimoy), he did return to help with the screenplay on "The Voyage Home," which went on to earn $130.4 million worldwide in 1986, or $282.2 million today.
Meyer brought Star Trek into the future, literally, when it came time for "The Undiscovered Country." According to reports, Meyer would exchange notes with co-writer Denny Martin Flinn through what was described as an early version of email. That's because Meyer was living in Europe during pre-production of the film, while Flinn was in Los Angeles. Flinn died in 2007 from cancer.
Meyer has stayed busy in recent years, more as a television writer than a director. He joined Bernard C. Meyer in penning the popular 2014 two-parter "Houdini" that starred Adrien Brody, and contributed episodes to "Crossing Lines" on NBC as well as the television miniseries "Medici: The Masters of Florence."
Meyer has one Oscar nomination to his credit, in 1977 for writing "The Seven Per-Cent Solution," losing to William Goldman for "All the President's Men." He also has been nominated for three Emmys: for "The Night That Panicked America" in 1976, "The Day After" in 1984 and "The Odyssey" in 1997. Meyer also was nominated for two Writers Guild of America awards for "The Seven Per-Cent Solution" in 1977 and "Houdini" in 2015.
The yet-to-be-titled Star Trek series is set to debut on CBS All Access, an online streaming subscription platform, next January.