Sonequa Martin-Green sat down with legendary interviewer Larry King to talk Star Trek: Discovery and the expansion of the Star Trek television universe. She also talked about the upcoming Patrick Stewart vehicle, a new show about Jean-Luc Picard, and she may have spilled the beans as to the show’s as yet unannounced title.
Keeping it simple for title of the Picard show?
Just this week, Patrick Stewart revealed that the new Picard show has a title, but he did not reveal what it is. When asked about Stewart’s return to Trek, Sonequa told Larry King:
[Patrick Stewart] is helming his own Star Trek. It’s going to be called ‘Picard’… He announced his come back recently and it was – goodness – the response was amazing. People are really happy including me.
Earlier in the interview, Martin-Green also noted: “he is doing ‘Picard'” when referencing Patrick Stewart’s return to the franchise. The new series has been referred to as the “Picard show”, “Picard series.” “Star Trek Picard” is not a totally new title, it seems to be the working title both executive producer Alex Kurtzman and the Hollywood trades have used more recently when referring to the show. This could be what Martin-Green is talking about, however, her additional comment about it being “called ‘Picard'” seems to be more specific. If true, it isn’t clear if the name would simply be Picard or Star Trek: Picard.
If Picard is indeed the name of the new show, this reveal comes as a bit of a surprise, since Patrick Stewart said just two days ago that he is “banned” from exposing details of the show, including its title. Given the strong overlap between the creative teams of Picard and Discovery, it seems plausible that Martin-Green, who works closely with Discovery showrunners, would be privy to such information. Earlier in the interview, Martin-Green said “we were just talking” about the possible 3rd season of Discovery “last night,” so it is possible she has the most up to date info. For now, there is no official announcement from CBS regarding a title, so this should be taken with a grain of salt.
Stewart knows the story for the first season and is working out as production nears
Speaking with Yahoo Movies, Patrick Stewart talked about his excitement over the new show, saying:
I am very excited about it. I’m more excited than I thought it would ever be possible for me to be about going back into the world of Jean-Luc Picard.
Stewart, who is the star and co-executive producer of the new Picard show, also gave an update on the status of the production:
I know what our first season will be about and I know the storylines and so forth. We start shooting it in the middle of April sometime, in the middle of California.
The new show will pick up the story of Jean-Luc Picard twenty years later, with the destruction of the planet Romulus in 2387 being an event central to the show’s story. Stewart has previously stated the show will feel like a 10-hour movie with a highly serialized story, and it will hopefully continue with the show being set up to run 3 seasons.
Stewart’s comments also confirm our reporting that production starts in April and the show will be shot in California where it has already received $15.6 million in tax credits. His comment about the “middle of California” is curious as most of the studio space in the state – notably Paramount Pictures where most Star Trek shows have been produced – is in the Los Angeles area in Southern California.
In another interview with the UK’s Telegraph, Stewart said he has already started working out to help get more into shape for the show, having started on a new Pilates workout last month. The actor, who will turn 79 this summer, is set to return to Los Angeles in two weeks, where he will be working on his stamina with “the best personal trainers LA can offer.”
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