Patrick Stewart is returning to Star Trek with a new series

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Sir Patrick Stewart will reprise his iconic role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access. Stewart made the announcement today at this year’s Star Trek convention in Las Vegas.

In June, CBS signed a five-year deal with Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman to oversee all of the network’s efforts with the franchise. The deal included several shows in development, including a Starfleet Academy series, a series based on Wrath of Khan, a limited series, and an animated series. At the time, there were rumors that the franchise would return to the Next Generation era, with Stewart rumored to return.

In a statement, Stewart noted that when he filmed Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002, he felt that his “time with Star Trek had run its natural course. 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.” Stewart first took on the role of the iconic Star Trek captain in 1987, and remained on the show over the duration of its seven-year run through 1994, and starred in the four films that followed it — Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, and Star Trek: Nemesis. This series was the long-awaited follow-up to the original Star Trek series of the 1960s, and is set in 2364, 99 years after the adventures of Captain James Kirk and the Enterprise.

According to Deadline, this new show won’t be a reboot of the series, but an exploration of “the next chapter of Picard’s life.” At the convention, Stewart indicated that none of the scripts for the show have been written yet, and that it “will be something very different but it will come to you with the same passion.”

Kurtzman will oversee the show, and will be assisted by Star Trek: Discovery executive producer James Duff, former Discovery executive producer Akiva Goldsman, writer Michael Chabon, and Discovery writer Kirsten Beyer. The network didn’t announce when the show would begin streaming on CBS All Access.

The show will join CBS’s other big Star Trek projects: Star Trek: Discovery, set a decade before the original series, premiered on All Access last year, while at San Diego Comic-Con, the network announced that it would release a series of standalone episodes featuring characters from Discovery.

Update: August 4th, 2018 5:20PM ET: Updated to add statement from Stewart that no scripts have been written yet.

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I was kinda hoping to see a villainous mirror universe Picard in Tarantino’s new movie, but I’ll take whatever I can get when it comes to Sir Patrick. I read somewhere that Micheal Dorn is interested in reprising his role as well. Not sure how that will work with the new Klingon redesign, which I’m not a big fan of.

Shouldn’t be an issue.

If I recall, the Klingons in Discovery are what they looked like before attempts to improve themselves with the Kahn DNA, and the more humanized appearance 129 years later is a result of that and interbreeding. Shouldn’t affect Worf in his timeline one way or the other.

Not sure where you got that, but the Khan augment virus storyline happened during the Star Trek Enterprise era, i.e. years before Discovery. That is also why many fans are upset because the re-design makes no sense in the context of the story, just like almost all of Discovery’s tech.

Ha, every time theres a rumour about Star Trek coming back, no matter what era or timeline, Dorn is there trying to get involved…!

I too was always hoping that a TNG movie would venture into the mirror universe – would have loved a movie based on the awesome book Dark Mirror!

Yay, new memes

Captains in Ships Getting Coffee.

*Tea

Hot

Picard has already said, "I’ve seen everything." I wonder if he’s just doing this because there will be nudity.

Hahaha such a good clip.

Very excited that Patrick Stewart is returning as Captain Picard

I’m happy to see this! Finally something Star Trek that isn’t a prequel! First time in 16 years. That’s pretty ridiculous if you think about it. Of course the Picard show will be wildly popular, much more popular than Discovery or anything else "prequel."

However, there’s also the real possibility they could screw it up. Patrick Stewart definitely knows Picard, but if they try to be too different/modern/whatever, people are going to be turned off – in a serious nerdrage kind of way. So they would wise to do what all good writers do: CONSIDER YOUR AUDIENCE.

One flaw in your utopian dream – it is going to be on CBS All Access where I am told no true fan will watch it.

I have no issue watching it on CBS all access, over the course of the free trial period after the final episode has been aired.

The trick to All Access is: Wait until all the episodes of the season have been released, then subscribe for one month and watch them all. Then, discontinue until the next season ends.

You can bet that Discovery, the new spin off Star Treks and this new Picard Trek will be spaced perfectly to fit the calendar year to minimize unsubs.

Which is also perfectly spaced to make sure there is always new Trek content available for fans.

If the "true audience" is anything at all like those who proclaim to be the "true audience" of most other genre properties — I hope no one even thinks about catering to their whims, as doing so is a fools errand that is bound to end in asinine whining and toxicity.

Yes, because it’s not like a show or movie actually needs fans to make money

Some of you guys act like this stuff is supposed to be high art, only intended for those who "get it".

Sentence one seems to make a different point than sentence two.

Star Trek didn’t handle the future that well to begin with. I remember watching the episode in Enterprise about the temporal cold war, and they expect us to believe that 700+ years after Enterprise we are basically still a space navy with different uniforms. Then in TNG there’s the episode about the depopulated arms sale planet, where the killer drones move around like they are powered by potatoes.

We have modified humans now, we have drones and swarms currently, and are surrounded by current medical technology that in many ways outpaced what Dr. Crusher had in her sickbay.

The issue is that things we already have make it hard to write around them, so nearly every movie starts with a dead cell phone or no signal scene, which should be fixed with 24th century technology.

Amazon has picked up an adaptation of The Culture series, and it’s going to be real interesting to see how they deal with the kind of tech that Star Trek should have had, but didn’t.

When you have ships run by AI, drones the size of a cueball that have weapons they control like magneto, everything they had in Altered Carbon but even more advanced – it’s going to be hard to present convincing world building if they omit stuff we already have, but that might seem out of place in Picard’s Trek.

What is the name of the series you’re referring to???

Amazon has picked up an adaptation of The Culture series,

All good points, but mankind is terribly behind schedule in SPACE EXPLORATION, something that’s been integral to SF from Blade Runner to The Martian.

That TNG episode you’re referencing was in season 1 IIRC. The series didn’t even really start to get good until season 2, and didn’t really become more consistently good until season 3. Heck, season 3 even features one episode whose sole reason to exist is to fix one of season 1’s many crimes against humanity (giving Tasha Yar the meaningful death she was denied the first time around).

It’s easy to just lump stuff all together after the fact. But that’s not the way things work in real time.

Also it sounds like you’re missing one of the main points of Star Trek, which is that it’s really about now, or at most the near future. It’s talking about where we are and where we’re headed, and dealing with issues that we’re either dealing with now or that the writers think we will have to deal with soon. That was true of both the original series and TNG.

Later series got away from that a bit, which is one reason a lot of the fans stopped watching. It stopped being relevant.

Every time I see someone bashing the first season of Star Trek, I remember that even that season has great episodes, better than a lot of sci fi shows….

It would be mistake to replicate the TNG era Star Trek – those days are gone and whilst our rose tinted glasses may think they were great, looking back they really weren’t. A theme somewhere in between Discovery and DS9 would be perfect!

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