Back in 1987, a young actor from Mirfield, Yorkshire, England took up the lofty task of taking over the role William Shatner (James T. Kirk) had held previously, captain of the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the spinoff to the original series. That man was Sir Patrick Stewart and his tenure on the show lasted for 7 seasons and 4 films. At the end of those films, Stewart walked away from the Star Trek universe in pursuit of other acting avenues. However, with the growing popularity of CBS All Access‘ Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery, CBS has given the greenlight to tell more stories about Capt. Jean-Luc Picard.
The announcement was made over the weekend at Las Vegas Star Trek Convention. You can see it below…
Stewart and Executive Producer and Co-Creator of Star Trek: Discovery Alex Kurtzman spoke about the project…
“I will always be very proud to have been a 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,” Stewart said. “It is, therefore, 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. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over. During these past years, it has been humbling to hear many 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 endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more.”
“With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold,” Kurtzman said. “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 honor generations both new and old.”
This new series will take place long after the events of The Next Generation, and will follow Jean-Luc Picard on his next adventures. As for what those will be, we’ll have to wait, but the show will air exclusively on CBS All Access. The series will be overseen by Kurtzman as Executive Producer, alongside new Discovery EP James Duff, previous EP Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, and Voyager and Discovery writer Kirsten Beyer. Other EPs will be Heather Kadin of Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment President Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and Roddenberry Entertainment COO Trevor Roth.
As more news unfolds about this new Star Trek series, we’ll have it here on Cinelinx!