Patrick Stewart Pushed For The Picard Star Trek Show To Be New And Different


Fans are beyond eager for the return of Sir Patrick Stewart to the Star Trek universe, as the actor’s all set to make his grand comeback as Jean-Luc Picard for the first time since 2002. As was revealed in a rather surprising announcement earlier this summer, the Next Generation character will lead his own show on CBS All Access at some point in 2019 (an exact date hasn’t been announced yet).

From what we understand, the series is currently in the pre-production stage, which we know from a photo Stewart himself shared on social media the other month that showed him working with the writers room to get the ball rolling on the project. Michael Chabon – the acclaimed novelist and screenwriter who’s just boarded the Trek-verse in a major way, also having written one of the Star Trek: Short Treks – is part of the team and in an interview with IGN, he explained how the legendary actor is helping the writers out behind the scenes.

“He’s really pushing us to try to do something new and different with the character,” Chabon said. “And that’s why he wants to play it, so that he can play something that honors the character, that’s true to the character. He wants to see Jean-Luc Picard having experiences, having adventures, and be put in situations we haven’t seen before.”

Unfortunately, the scribe wouldn’t say much as to what the show will actually be about, but we’ll hopefully get a better indication of what’s to come pretty soon. These are exciting times for Star Trek fans, after all, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s upcoming return to our screens is just the shining cherry atop a deliciously starship-shaped cake.

Until it flies into view, though, Trekkies can at least rest easy knowing that Discovery will be back for its second season early next year, and with the show adding iconic characters like Spock and Captain Pike to the ensemble, it’ll surely be another memorable outing for the CBS All Access series after a rather impressive rookie run.