Today CBS released an announcement that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon has been named the showrunner of Star Trek: Picard. With others like Kirsten Beyer, Akiva Goldsman, and James Duff also seen in the writers’ room last September it wasn’t clear who was taking the lead. Now we know! The announcement said that Chabon is working closely on the day-to-day production of the series with producers Akiva Goldsman and Alex Kurtzman.
Chabon is quoted as saying:
‘Star Trek’ has been an important part of my way of thinking about the world, the future, human nature, storytelling and myself since I was ten years old. I come to work every day in a state of joy and awe at having been entrusted with the character and the world of Jean-Luc Picard, with this vibrant strand of the rich, intricate and complex tapestry that is ‘Trek.’
Alex Kurtzman, who oversees the CBS Trek franchise, voiced his support for Chabon:
Daring, lyrical, humane, whimsical, celebrated: words that describe both Jean-Luc Picard and the literary genius of Michael Chabon, despite a laundry list of accomplishments most writers only dream of, Michael shines with the heart and soul of a Trekkie who’s finally found his dream job. We’re so fortunate to have him at the helm as we explore this next chapter in the great captain’s life.
Chabon the TV/Movie writer
While this is Chabon’s first time showrunning and he’s primarily known for his literary works, he’s not a total stranger to Hollywood. Most notable to Trek fans is that he wrote the Short Treks episode “Calypso.” He also wrote a version of Sam Rami’s Spider-Man 2, and the screenplay for Disney’s John Carter. He’s also co-creator and producer on the upcoming Netflix series Unbelievable, which was created by his wife Ayelet Waldman.
Star Trek: Picard is expected to be released in late 2019. It will be available on CBS All Access in the USA. Space and CraveTV in Canada, and on Amazon Prime Video for the rest of the world.
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