The actor will reprint his "Next Generation" role as Jean-Luc Picard more than two decades after the syndicated favorite wound up.
Patrick Stewart is bold where he has been before.
For several months, the actor has officially signed the star in a new series Star Trek for CBS All Access, where he will reproduce his role as Jean-Luc Picard. The new series will not be a reboot of The Next Generation but instead described as an exploration of the next chapter in Picard's life. Additional details about the new series, including the title, episode bill or premiere date, are kept under cover. The Creative Team for the Newest Series Star Trek contains Alex Kurtzman, who acts as showrunner at CBS All Access Discovery and whose recent overall agreement with CBS Television Studios included march orders to expand loved and global franchise.
"With overwhelming joy, it is a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to Star Trek fold. For over 20 years, fans have hoped for Captain Jean-Luc's return Picard and that day is finally here. can not wait to create new land, surprise people and honor generations of both new and old, "says Kurtzman, who leads a creative team that also includes James Duff ( The Closer, Major Crimes ), Akiva Goldsman Discovery ), Michael Chabon ( John Carter Author also penning one of the recently published Star Trek: Discovery ] shorts) and Kirsten Beyer ( Discovery ).
Stewart confirmed his return to the franchise on Saturday at a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, where he made a surprising appearance on the stage. (See him do the message below.)
"I will always be very proud to have been part of Star Trek: The Next Generation but when we packed the last movie in spring 2002, I really felt my time with Star Trek had driven its natural course, "said Stewart, who will also produce the new series. "It is therefore an unexpected but delightful surprise to find me excited and refreshed to return to Jean-Luc Picard and explore new dimensions within him. I seek new life for him when I thought life was over. In recent years it has become humbling to hear many stories of how The Next Generation broke the people in comfort, saw them through difficult periods of their lives or how Jean-Luc's example inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership . I feel that I'm ready to return to him for the same reason ̵
Star Trek: The Next Generation ran in seven seasons is and over 170 episodes, earning 19 Emmys and a Peab Ody Award. Stewart would star in a number of Star Trek features – including 1998's Star Trek: Insurrection and 2002 Star Trek: Nemesis as Picard.
To join Stewart as an exec manufacturer in the New Untitled Series Star Trek is Kurtzman, Duff, Goldsman, Chabon, Kurtzman's Secret Hideout, President Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek Roddenberry and CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment and Trevor Roth.
The Stewart-led series marks the third new Star Trek on the CBS subscription film on request, All Access platform, which is included in Discovery Discovery and Shortform spinoff Short Treks. The latter is a series of four episodes with each department running 10-15 minutes, offering deeper investigations of the characters and themes from Discovery and the expanded Star Trek universe. The series starts the fall and rolls out every month and helps keep the awareness of Discovery high before its return in January 2019.
Kurtzman, for its part, dropped the pinnacle of what would be Discovery. He is now Discovery's third showrunner after the series resembled Bryan Fuller (following creative differences) and Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts (following leadership and operational issues). The day after THR broke the news of Kurtzman's campaign for showrunner, he signed a $ 25 million global agreement with producers CBS Television Studios that included expanding the Star Trek world.
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