The Star Trek franchise is coming back to life in a big way next year, and now showrunner Bryan Fuller has opened up about why Discovery might be even bigger than we’d thought.
The show’s title has been a bit of a mystery, and Fuller said they chose the term for what it evokes in regard to real-life science, as well as the sense of exploration the franchise has always represented so well the past 50 years. He also reaffirmed the series will focus on a main character who is not a ship captain, an approach he believes will allow the series to tell “richer, more complicated” stories this time around.
Here’s what Fuller said at Mission New York via io9:
“This ship is called the Discovery for a few reasons. Not the least of which is Stanley Kubrick’s contribution to the Discovery on 2001: A Space Odyssey, NASA’s vessel the Discovery, and also the sense of discovery. What the word ‘discovery’ means to Star Trek audiences who have been promised a future by Gene Roddenberry where we come together as a planet and seek new worlds and new alien races to explore and understand and collaborate with.”
Along with the series intel, Fuller also revealed Discovery will be getting some tie-in comics from IDW, plus “at least one” tie-in novel from Simon & Schuster. So, assuming the world of Discovery is awesome, we should have even more Trek to enjoy.