UPDATE: "Yes, I’ve left ‘Heroes’ to concentrate on my development. It’s a bummer and I’m sad to go, but NBC wants me to focus on development, which is very exciting," Fuller told TVWeek’s Vlada Gelman.
Bryan Fuller has apparently left "Heroes"– again.
The writer/producer has quietly departed the NBC drama, just a few months after he returned to the show with much fanfare, a person familiar with the situation said. Fuller is now focusing on developing new projects as part of his overall deal with Universal Media Studios, the insider said, describing the move as something which took place "a while ago."
Ain’t It Cool News first reported the possibility of a Fuller exit via the Twitter feed of one of its correspondents.
Fuller rejoined "Heroes" with much fanfare toward the end of last season. It’s unclear why he’s now opted to depart again.
Just a few days ago, Fuller seemed very upbeat about the upcoming fourth season of "Heroes."
"What I’m excited about with season four is getting everybody back to the basic principle of ordinary people in an extraordinary world and how these characters are relatable to us and what we would do if we were in their situations, and really grounding it in that conceit," Fuller told SciFiWire.com, a genre website owned by NBC Universal.
The story described Fuller as "happily committed to ‘Heroes’," and said the writer was spending his free time developing a comic book tied to his late ABC drama "Pushing Daisies."
The only sign Fuller gave that indicated interest in another project was when he repeated his desire to work on a new "Star Trek" TV series.
"I’m hoping that by the time they’re ready to do a television series that I am available and can participate, because, I mean, even if it’s J.J. Abrams’ team, I would love to join that team for a new ‘Star Trek’ series," Fuller said. "I think it would be a ball."
NBC is moving to "Heroes" to 8 p.m. Mondays this fall. It’s widely expected the network will soon announce a finale timetable for the show, which could wrap as early as next spring.