CBS All Access is doubling down on its Star Trek slate, announcing Saturday at Star Trek: Las Vegas convention that Patrick Stewart will reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard for a new series. Alex Kurtzman, who also serves as showrunner on CBS All Access’ Discovery, announced the yet untitled Star Trek show alongside Stewart. Here is the official CBS statement:
“With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold. 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.”
Likewise, Stewart made a similar statement regarding his return to the Trek universe:
“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. 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 a 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.
Reports indicate that the show is not a reboot of The Next Generation, and (heaven forbid) let’s hope it doesn’t involve time travel. No further details, like an episode count, a location, or a premiere date, are available right now.