Nicholas Meyer, one of the people credited with saving the Star Trek franchise after the underwhelming first movie, has been recruited as a writer and executive producer on new CBS Star Trek series, slated to launch in 2017. He will work with executive producer/showrunner Bryan Fuller.

NicholasMeyer“Nicholas Meyer chased Kirk and Khan ’round the Mutara Nebula and ’round Genesis’ flames, he saved the whales with the Enterprise and its crew, and waged war and peace between Klingons and the Federation,” Fuller said. “We are thrilled to announce that one of Star Trek’s greatest storytellers will be boldly returning as Nicholas Meyer beams aboard the new Trek writing staff.”

Created by Alex Kurtzman and Fuller, the series will premiere in January 2017 with a preview broadcast on CBS followed by an exclusive run in the U.S. on CBS All Access.

The new Star Trek series wilstartreklogol run concurrently with the feature franchise. The show is not related to the upcoming installment Star Trek Beyond, which is scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures in summer 2016.

Star Trek will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout. Kurtzman, Fuller and Heather Kadin will serve as executive producers. CBS Studios International will distribute the series concurrently for television and multiple platforms worldwide.

Meyer directed the second Star Trek movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and also co-wrote the fourth and the sixth movies in the franchise, the latter of which he also directed.