Unlike his Next Generation co-stars, Patrick Stewart (aka Captain Jean Luc Picard) seems disinclined to talk about the future of franchise. In a new interview with SFX magazine the star of the last four Trek feature films says that he knows nothing about and has no feelings regarding the next one.
Excerpt from SFX (via TrekWeb):
SFX: What are your thoughts on J.J. Abrams upcoming Star Trek prequel, which is ditching The Next Generation entirely ?
Stewart: To be honest, I don’t know anything about it, so I’d hate to comment. I don’t really have any feelings about it either because my time on Star Trek is over – it was over years ago !
You’ve got to remember that Star Trek hasn’t been my life. Even when I was doing Star Trek I was doing lots of other things because I was lucky enough to have a career before Star Trek came along. I’ve been a successful actor for 27 years ! Also, I was only involved in one aspect of Star Trek The Next Generation. There were four or more series that came after us and of course the great classics – the original ones – that preceded us.
An evolution on the follow-up to Nemesis
Although the above comment is similar in tone to other statements from Stewart over the last year, from 2002 to 2006 the actor sounded much more enthusiastic about the film that would follow Star Trek Nemesis. In May 2002 (7 months before the premiere of Star Trek Nemesis) Stewart told same the magazine “Everything about the ending of this movie has a sense of closure about it, but there is also a huge opportunity for a sequel to this movie just sitting there.” Four years later in January 2006 Stewart was still talking about a possible role in the 11th Trek film, telling ITV “Apparently there’s interest in bringing THE NEXT GENERATION cast together with actors from different STAR TREK series.” The actor went on to say that he would be happy to work with William Shatner if that is the direction the film went. In May 2006 (after JJ Abrams was announced to be the new king of Trek and indications were he would return to the TOS era), Stewart told ComingSoon that he was “ambivalent” about Trek, but also stated “I’m very interested to see what Abrams and the studio come up with.”
Stewart’s ‘no comment’ approach seems to taking a middle road compared to his TNG co-stars. While Brent Spiner (Data) and especially Jonathan Frakes (Riker) have spoken in support of the the new film, both Michael Dorn (Worf) and especially Marina Sirtis (Troi) have been quite negative about Abrams’ decision to go back to the TOS era.