One of the biggest announcements to come out of San Diego Comic-Con was the name of the new Star Trek: Discovery series, along with a small video featuring concept art of that show's spaceship.
It didn't take long for Star Trek fans to question the design of the new ship, which they also noticed bore a striking resemblance to Ralph McQuarrie's concept art from the unproduced Star Trek: Planet of the Titans movie. When asked about that, Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller mentioned to TrekMovie.com that the production team "legally can't comment on it until we figure out some things."
Fuller also pointed out, though, that the concept video is simply that: a concept of what the production has in mind for the ship. That teaser showed more of a work in progress, something that will likely change once the series begins production in the fall. The team also mentioned that they only had three weeks to put the video together, meaning that the design isn't completely finalized.
Fuller also commented about the show's progressiveness during the Star Trek panel at San Diego Comic-Con, something he previously stated that the series would embrace.
"The state of this country right now terrifies me and saddens me and I feel like we need something like Star Trek to remind us that, collectively as a human race we're going to get our s--- together, and we're going to build a better future, and we have to start working much harder on that today," Fuller said.
Executive producer Heather Kadin also confirmed that Star Trek: Discovery would feature a diverse cast, including women, minorities and LGBTQ characters.
"I think, sadly, still if you look at most television today, it's pretty Caucasian, and I'm fortunate enough to produce a show called Sleepy Hollow and in our first season there were more African-Americans in our cast than there were Caucasians, and a lot of people talked about that," Kadin said. "I think, at the time, it was called groundbreaking, which is sort of sad because it really reflected our country and so, on one hand, I think Gene Roddenberry's original vision reflected what the world looked like more than what a lot of television does today. So hopefully our show can remind people that it should be that way and, hopefully in the future, we can all be together."
The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery premieres on CBS in January, with the rest of the season airing exclusively on the network's All Access streaming subscription service.