‘Star Trek’ Series 2017 Writers’ Room Adds ‘DS9’ And ‘TNG’ Talent

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The new Star Trek series coming to CBS’ streaming service All Access is still largely a mystery. Some sources claim it will be set in the rebooted Abramsverse, while other rumors hold that it will be set in the original Star Trek continuity, in the years after Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which ends with peace talks between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. But while the parameters of the upcoming Star Trek plot and settings are still unknown, a growing talent pool of writers suggests they’re at least on the right track.

Here’s who we know will be shaping the future of Star Trek :

Bryan Fuller - Creator of the landmark Hannibal, Fuller is the showrunner for the new Trek. He got his start screenwriting for Deep Space Nine.

Nicholas Meyer - Writer of three of the best Star Trek movies (II, IV, VI) and director of series high-water mark The Wrath of Khan, Meyer joined the All Access Star Trek as writer and consulting producer, spurring rumors that the new series would be set in the approximate time period of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (which Meyers wrote and directed).

Kirsten Beyer - Writer of nine Star Trek: Voyager novels, Beyer is known for her ability to tie complex continuity elements together in her plots. If the new Star Trek is to have any sort of continuity (most successfully accomplished in Deep Space Nine), it’s likely that Beyer will be at the heart of it.

Jesse Alexander - Executive producer on Hannibal, Alexander has written episodes of Heroes, Alias and Hannibal. That’s him with the phaser up top.

Kemp Powers - This pick is fascinating and different. Powers is known as journalist, memoirist and playwright (his play about Muhammad Ali has been universally acclaimed). We’ll see what Powers brings to Star Trek , but it’s sure to be fascinating.

Aron Coleite - A writer for Heroes .

Joe Menosky - Menosky is a Star Trek workhorse, with dozens of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager episodes to his name. He’s written some of the weirdest (“The Nth Degree”) and worst TNG episodes (“Masks”), but also great episodes like “Clue” and “Darmok.”

Those are the names we know from the writers’ room for the upcoming Star Trek show. It’s a powerful team, loaded with diverse talents and the Fuller regulars that made Hannibal one of the best shows of the past few years. Hopefully they can do the same for Star Trek.

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