In a interview with Den of Geek!, Nicholas Meyer has spoken a little about the new Star Trek series which will debut in 2017 on CBS All Access.
Bryan Fuller announced last week that Nicholas Meyer would be joining the writing staff for the new Star Trek series.
Here is the interview with Nicholas Meyer with Ryan Britt asking the questions for Den of Geek!
Ryan Britt: Just a few years ago, would you have thought that you’d be back writing for Star Trek?
Nicholas Meyer: No. No one’s ever asked me!
Ryan Britt: How much do you know about the new show? What can you tell me?
Nicholas Meyer: I can’t tell you anything! I know things. But if I told you, I’d have to kill you.
Ryan Britt: What will be your new role in the writers’ room? Will you be writing individual episodes? Or larger story arcs?
Nicholas Meyer: If I’m lucky, I’ll get to write episodes. If I’m less lucky, I’ll just get to sit in that room with all those other clever people.
Ryan Britt: How big of a writers’ room do you think it’s going to be?
Nicholas Meyer: I don’t know!
Ryan Britt: A lot of Star Trek fans are hoping that this new show might signal a return to self-contained stories, rather than the big season-long arcs we see in most contemporary television. Will this be the case?
Nicholas Meyer: I think it’s going to be a different Star Trek. It will go in a different direction. And I think that is probably good. Because the thing that mainly troubles me about Star Trek is the fear of it being maybe re-treads of itself. And to the degree that I had any influence on the thing [Star Trek] at all was that at least while I was there, we were fooling around. And if you’re not fooling around, then things can become stale. And I think that Bryan [Fuller]—who is a very clever fellow—has ideas—some of which I’ve heard—that are innovative and different. Different is what got me interested.
Ryan Britt: Is that sense of difference the most exciting thing about this?
Nicholas Meyer: I like to go boldly where people haven’t gone before!
Ryan Britt: What’s the biggest challenge or fear?
Nicholas Meyer: The same fear and challenge of every project. It’s called “failure.” Fear of failure!
Ryan Britt: You’ve always incorporated literary influences into your previous Star Treks. Are we going to see more of that this time? What kinds of references might we see in the new Star Trek? More Hornblower? Sherlock Holmes? Dickens?
Nicholas Meyer: What people take to be my penchant for “literary references,” is just me free-associating. It isn’t as premeditated, or as thematically bound-up as I think people might think. If it’s trademark you can blame my high school and the University of Iowa. It’s just sort of how I think.
Ryan Britt: But as an after-effect, for someone like me, it’s a bonus. It may have been free-association for you, but for many of us, I think it enhanced our enjoyment of Star Trek and maybe even got us into some of those books. [Moby Dick, Sherlock Holmes, et al.]
Nicholas Meyer: Well, I’m hoping the reason I was invited to do this was connected to—presumably— something I would have to offer. Whether that is the case, or whether it’s recognized when it happens remains to be seen. I’m not a silver bullet… Jack Warner said this of screenwriters: “They were just schmucks with Underwoods.” You know what an Underwood is?
Ryan Britt: I’m not sure…
Nicholas Meyer: [Laughs] It was a typewriter!
Ryan Britt: I should have known that! So, the politics of both Star Trek IV and Star Trek VI are what make those movies what they are. Is there something from the existing political landscape that might make its way into these new Star Treks?
Nicholas Meyer: The one thing I can relate to you is that The Undiscovered Country—according to Bryan [Fuller]—is a real sort of taking off point, or touchstone for how I guess he’s thinking about the direction of the new show. I don’t want to be misquoted and I don’t want to misquote him, but he’s fond of that film. Let’s put it that way.
Ryan Britt: How soon are you going to be getting to work?
Nicholas Meyer: [Laughs] I’m waiting for them to tell me!
Ryan Britt: What can you tell fans of Star Trek or fans of yours to look forward to?
Nicholas Meyer: Tell them to cross their fingers! [Laughs]
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