We’ve now got some proper details about the Jean-Luc Picard TV show, which is in development with Star Trek: Discovery boss Alex Kurtzman at CBS. Patrick Stewart is all set to return to his role, and it sounds like some major challenges will face Picard.
The Hollywood Reporter has a new interview Kurtzman, who shares some interesting insights into the show. For starters, we know that it will take place in the Prime Star Trek universe (as in, the one that has William Shatner as Kirk rather than Chris Pine), after the destruction of Romulus (which was witnessed by Leonard Nimoy’s Spock in the universe-hopping Star Trek reboot film from 2009).
“Picard’s life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire,” Kurtzman explained. Kurtzman also recalled his initial meeting with Stewart, where he had to convince the actor to come back to the role he made famous in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Kurtzman and his cohorts prepared a “34-page document — with no way to shorten it” that summed up the plan, and invited Stewart to a meeting. As Kurtzman recalls, “What we tried to convey in that meeting was how desperately we loved him and the character and how much we wanted to see what happened to Picard.”
As Kurtzman recalls, Stewart was pretty pleased:
“He walked into the room and he had a huge smile on his face and said, ‘This is wonderful.’ What he understood at that point … was that he was with people who desperately wanted to collaborate with him, that we weren’t trying to exploit him. He knew if he was going to go back to Picard, it needed to be for the greatest reason ever.”
The Picard series will arrive in late 2019, and we’ll be sure to bring you more news as we hear it.