Today was the PaleyFest LA Star Trek: Discovery panel, and TrekMovie was there. During the panel Alex Kurtzman, who is overseeing the expanded Trek on TV franchise, shared a few details of the highly anticipated Picard series, which will begin filming in mid-April.
Kurtzman was moved upon hearing Stewart read first episode
After being prompted by the moderator to share something about the upcoming Picard series, Alex Kurtzman revealed something recent and personal about the development of the show:
I had an amazing experience yesterday. I sat at Patrick’s kitchen table and heard him read the first episode and I almost cried. It was quite something. He is at an amazing place in his life. He is so excited.
Kurtzman picked up on this theme later and gave a bit of an update on the status of the show:
I think we are thrilled with what we are going to deliver. I know that Patrick is really excited. The cast is coming together beautifully.
Things are different for Picard
While he wasn’t giving up plot details, Kurtzman revealed how the show has a different approach:
It’s going to be a very different show from Discovery. The only way that this universe I think works correctly, is if each show is really different and speaks to a different part of Star Trek. This is going to be a very thoughtful, psychological portrait in a lot of ways.
Picard faces a gauntlet
The executive producer reaffirmed that some things are fundamental to the character of Picard, but in the new show we will see the character face a journey to rediscover himself:
We all know Picard means to you. And why he—like so many legendary characters in Star Trek—have endured what they have represented in. He in some ways has to go through a gauntlet in order to find that. Things have changed for him and changed him in some ways, and yet he is so deeply and fundamentally Picard.
Starting production soon
Filming for the yet-to-be-titled Picard series will start on April 15 in the Los Angeles area. In addition to Sir Patrick Stewart, three cast members have been announced so far, but their characters’ names and descriptions are being kept under wraps. It has been reported that the show will be highly serialized with an expected ten-episode first season premiering at the end of the year.
More from PaleyFest LA
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