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“Star Trek” film veteran Nicholas Meyer, who directed “The Wrath of Khan,” has joined CBS’s franchise television revival.
He’ll serve as a writer-producer, working with executive producer/showrunner Bryan Fuller.
Meyer is widely credited, alongside writer/producer Harve Bennett, with rescuing the “Star Trek” franchise following the disappointing critical and commercial response to 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” Hired to direct the sequel, Meyer famously rewrote the screenplay in just 12 days.
He went on to write 1986’s “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” and write and direct 1991’s “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”
Announced in November, the CBS reboot is set to premiere in early 2017 on the network’s digital platform CBS All Access.
Meyer’s credits stretch well beyond “Star Trek,” of course, and include “The Seven-Percent Solution” (an adaptation of his own novel, for which he won an Oscar), “Time After Time” and “The Prince of Egypt.”