Patrick Stewart is returning to Star Trek as Jean-Luc Picard, but fans shouldn’t expect this to be more of what they got in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Alex Kurtzman is an executive producer on the still-untitled Picard series headed to CBS All Access. At the TCA Winter 2019 Press Tour, Kurtzman spoke about how and why the Picard series will be different from The Next Generation.
“Everybody in that room loves Jean-Luc Picard very deeply, and obviously, the benefit that we have is that Jean-Luc Picard is in the room with us,” Kurtzman tells ComicBook.com. “And so, as we're breaking
“And so, the question becomes, ‘What has happened to him in that period of time? Have there been occurrences that forced him to reckon with choices that he's made in his life? How do you hold on to
Stewart is more than just the
“It's interesting, Patrick didn't want to put handcuffs on us in any way by saying, ‘I don't want to do this, and I don't want to do that,’” Kurtzman says. “He said, ‘I want you to have the freedom to explore this character from a new perspective, and I will always know in my gut if it feels like something he would or wouldn't do.’ And that's the conversation that we have as we're building it
“So, we're started to internalize his thinking about Picard, and because that conversation is literally daily, either on email, or in the room in person, I think we feel confident that we're making choices that he would be happy with, and is happy with, because ultimately he's a producer on the show too, and he gets as much of a say.”
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The new Picard series is expected to debut on CBS All Access in late 2019.
Additional reporting by Scott Huver.
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