Star Trek: Discovery Producer On LGBT Representation and Show Delays
In early 2016, CBS announced a Star Trek television series, Star Trek: Discovery to be released on CBS All Access, the network’s very own streaming-only service. Since then, we’ve learned about some of the casting. And that’s been the good side. A little bit of the downside is that the show has been continuously pushed back. Though it was initially scheduled for release in January 2017, it had since then been set back to sometime of fall 2017.
Granted, it has been over a decade since a Star Trek television series first aired, so it is understandable that the delay is frustrating. Given also that the co-creator Bryan Fuller stepped down, it is a little understandable that progress briefly halted or slowed. In an interview with the Collider, the show’s producer Alex Kurtzman (who also produced the newly released The Mummy starring Tom Cruise) had this to say about Star Trek: Discovery‘s delay:
We postponed our schedule because the truth is we did not want to put out something that was subpar, and as the vision expanded we started feeling like we weren’t gonna be able to deliver the scope and the scale that was on the page. And CBS was extremely supportive in saying, ‘Okay you know what, this is streaming, it’s not like we have to beat out right away, let’s do the best version of this, Trek is too important for all of us.’
But, it does seem the show is back on track. Additionally, Kurtzman commented on a goal for the show: having LGBT representation within the series.
I don’t feel that—going back to what you said about where television is at right now, it would be foolish of us to not only ignore it but not to take advantage of the fact that that’s how people are consuming stories and they’re hungrier for more complicated stories. What would have been a taboo subject 10, 15 years ago is now everywhere, and that’s a beautiful thing.
So, despite the delay, the show is still filming and is reportedly shooting the fifth episode of the first season. And it also does seem like it will be set for sometime in fall of this year.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming show and Kurtzman’s comments? Are you excited to watch it when it’s released? Let us know in the comments below!