Bryan Fuller won't share too many details of the new Star Trek series, reportedly saving them for San Diego Comic-Con next month. But what he can say is all that gossip originating from a blog with unverified and uncorroborated information? Totally not true.
Fuller, the former "Star Trek: Voyager" writer who will serve as showrunner for the CBS All Access series, says reports that circulated over the spring that set his show after "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" and before "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is false. Also false? The fact that the new series would be an anthology show.
In fact, Fuller said reading the various reports online about the show makes him almost wish there was a Politifact for rumors. Then he could check the accuracy and rate them on a varying scale between true and false.
"It's interesting to see those suggestions, and seeing the truth mixed in with them, and going like, 'Oh, they got that part right,'" Fuller told Moviefone's Scott Huver. "But it's sort of on the Truth-o-Meter on Politifact. It's sort of like some truth, and a lot of like, 'No, pants on fire! That's not true.'"
Fuller did confirm the show would run 13 episodes per season, have episodes longer than the typical 44 minutes for broadcast television, and that they would not be limited to typical practices and standards of broadcast networks typically dictated by the Federal Communications Commission. That means subject matter, language and even stories could be closer to the level of cable and streaming shows.
"We can have profanity if we choose, not that I want to see a Star Trek with lots of profanity," Fuller said. "But we can certainly be more graphic than you would on broadcast network television."
When the teaser trailer for the new series dropped, some who backed the gossip of an anthology show felt the phrase "new crews" confirmed that report. There will be new crews, Fuller said, but not the same way "American Horror Story" does it.
"I think we will be seeing lots of crews in the story," he said. "One of the things that is exciting for me is that we are telling a Star Trek story in a modern way. We're telling a 13-chapter story in this first season. It's nice to be able to dig deep into things that would have been breezed past if we were doing episodic and had to contain a story to an episode."
1701News chose not to report the gossip that circulated over the show's supposed timeline and the fact it would be an anthology, primarily because none of the information could be corroborated. Other Trek-centric news outlets also kept their distance from that report, like TrekCore and TrekToday, which either chose also not to share that report, or did so with a large disclaimer.
It appears some aspects of the gossip originated from fan speculation online, and even the idea of possibly making Star Trek an anthology series was floated by Vox reporter Todd VanDerWerff in March 2015. He also suggested at the time CBS should consider bringing either Bryan Fuller, Ronald D. Moore or Jane Espenson on board to run it all.
Instead, 1701News shared some rumor chatter that the new series could instead take place in what is known as the AbramsVerse, set by the recent movies. Although that universe is essentially part of Paramount Pictures' movie franchise, both the movie studio and CBS — which holds the remaining Star Trek rights — aren't afraid to work together. In fact, the massively multiplayer online game Star Trek Online recently announced it would incorporate elements from the AbramsVerse it has now called the "Kelvin Timeline."
But that information is rumor, and should be treated as any rumor would until CBS or Fuller make an official announcement.
To read Huver's full interview, click here.