Alex Kurtzman began his connection with Star Trek as a co-writer and producer on J.J. Abrams’ first two Star Trek feature films, and was later tapped to co-create Star Trek: Discovery. He now heads CBS’ growing Star Trek: Universe, overseeing the creation and development of multiple Trek TV shows. In the recently released Star Trek: Picard – Official Collector’s Edition from Titan, the executive producer opens up about how much the franchise has taken over his life and his hopes that creator Gene Roddenberry would be proud of the work.
Kurtzman is dreaming Star Trek
In the official Star Trek: Picard guide, Alex Kurtzman talks about how hands-on he is with the different Star Trek series:
I very much enjoy it. My involvement, it’s not just in the writing of it. I post all the shows, so that means I cut them, and I’m involved all the way down to the color timing and mixing. That’s a lot of work. But… I’ll show you how I enjoy it. My wife and son actually deliberately like to stay out of any knowledge of what I’m doing until it airs. So, when it airs, we all sit down and watch together, and I see it fresh through their eyes, which is really fun, because it’s the culmination of all the work, and now we get to sit together as a family and enjoy it. And, in a funny way, isn’t that what Star Trek has always been about? People sitting together as a family and loving it?
I’m now at the point where I’m eating, breathing, dreaming Star Trek. And I love it! I love it for one reason. The work itself is very challenging, but it’s also some of the most satisfying work I’ve ever done, and I think that the reason why is because I’m recognizing and seeing in so many people that I meet how critically important it is to their lives. I see that Star Trek has influenced people’s lives in a real way. It’s not just a form of entertainment. It’s an inspiration for the kind of people they want to be, or the kinds of things they choose to pursue in their careers or the principles they want to live by. That’s put such a tremendous responsibility on our shoulders to deliver and to maintain that message.
Hopes Roddenberry would be proud
Here is what Kurtzman had to say when asked how he thinks a hypothetical meeting with the late Gene Roddenberry would go:
It’s funny. I think about that, actually, probably more frequently than I should [laughs]. I hope that he recognizes that, well… First of all, he’d probably take issue with me for the amount of conflict the characters have. I know that was a big thing he struggled with on Next Gen. But my hope would be that he would recognize now, from his grand perspective in the sky, how much that opened the door for Star Trek’s endurance, and how much it’s iterated and changed and yet has remained, I believe, very true to his vision. There isn’t really a day that goes by where we don’t think very consciously about how he would want the messaging of Star Trek to go, and is what we’re doing consistent with the messaging of Star Trek, as he envisioned it? It’s really important to all of us. I hope he would appreciate it. I hope he would be proud.
Star Trek: Picard Official Collector’s Edition Book
Titan’s 100-page behind-the-scenes guide to Star Trek: Picard features interviews with stars Sir Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner (Data), Jonathan Frakes (Riker), Marina Sirtis (Troi), plus the new cast members Isa Briones (Dahj/Soji), Michelle Hurd (Raffi), Harry Treadway (Narek) and many more. In addition to Kurtzman, the guide also includes interviews with showrunner Michael Chabon and director Hanelle Culpepper.
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