It has been more than a decade and a half since Sir Patrick Stewart wore a Federation uniform in Star Trek. In that time, he has become an advocate for pitbulls and their adoption, he has participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge, and he has even lived the entire life of Professor Xavier in X-Men. He has won many awards and worked on several projects, including animated television shows and films, and traveled the convention circuit. It was at the currently on-going Star Trek Las Vegas 2018 where he made a big announcement: the story of Jean-Luc Picard is not finished!
Stewart’s return to Trek has been a rumor for months, going back to the announcement that Quentin Tarantino would be directing an upcoming Star Trek film. The character of Picard lived on beyond Star Trek: The Next Generation with a cameo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and a starring role in four feature films. An autobiography of the character was recently released by Titan Books (and, yes, it is worth checking out!), which leaves one to wonder how the continuation of Picard will take place.
What We Know
According to THR, Stewart’s role reprisal will not be in the form of a Next Generation reboot, as previously feared, but, instead, in a new series that takes place some time after the series’ end. Alex Kurtzman, who currently serves as showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery, is on the creative team for the unnamed show, along with James Duff (The Closer, Major Crimes), Akiva Goldsman (ST:Discovery), Michael Chabon (John Carter, ST:Discovery) and Kirsten Beyer (ST:Discovery). No additional information is available yet, except that it will be broadcast alongside Discovery on CBS All Access.
More Trek Forthcoming
In addition to Star Trek: Discovery and the untitled Picard project, CBS All Access has another new Star Trek show called Short Treks. Short Treks is slated to be a monthly show with each of its current run of four episodes around 10 to 15 minutes, each focusing on a different character or theme in the Star Trek universe. It is intended to expand the Trek universe for audiences by providing an in-depth look at each topic. Short Treks will release this fall. Star Trek: Discovery returns January 2019. We’ll keep an eye out for any information regarding Stewart and Picard’s return.
See Stewart’s Announcement
In addition to making an announcement during a surprise appearance on stage at Star Trek Las Vegas 2018, Stewart released an official statement on his social media. Both forms of the return of Picard are included below.