Patrick Stewart Returns As Picard In New ‘Star Trek’ Series For CBS All Access
The legendary Sir Patrick Stewart will be returning the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a brand new ‘Star Trek’ series for CBS All Access it has been announced!
As we mentioned a few weeks ago, CBS has been toying with the idea of multiple ‘Star Trek’ series across various timelines, one of which would potentially star Patrick Stewart. Now they have managed to… make it so… Stewart actually made the initial announcement himself during a surprise appearance at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention this weekend.
The new show will be a continuation of Picard’s story as he moves into the next chapter of his life. We presume that doesn’t just mean a tale of Picard relaxing at his French chateau drinking wine. Alex Kurtzman, the man who is now at the helm of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and Trek on tv in general, will be producing and guiding the series.
Sir Patrick tweeted out the following about his return to the character:
I will always be very proud to have been part of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course. It is, therefore, an unexpected and delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life from him when I thought that life was over.
During these past years, it has been humbling to hear stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership. I feel I’m ready to return to him for the same reason – to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times. I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavour to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more.
It is an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Read my full statement in the photo. #StarTrek @cbsallaccess Photo: @shervinfoto pic.twitter.com/8Ynuj3RBNm
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) August 4, 2018
“With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold,” adds Kurtzman. “For over 20 years, fans have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is finally here. We can’t wait to forge new ground, surprise people, and honour generations both new and old.”
Joining Kurtzman on the creative team for the new show will be James Duff, who recently became an executive producer on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’. He is known as the creator of the TV shows such as ‘The Closer’ and ‘Major Crimes’, but does have some previous Trek credentials having written on ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’.
The currently untitled ‘Star Trek’ series will be on CBS All Access in the US. As it’s only just been announced, there’s no news on a UK broadcaster yet, although you have to assume Netflix UK will go after it. We’ll let you know when we hear more.