Star Trek: Picard was announced on August 3rd, 2018 during the Star Trek Las Vegas convention on stage by Sir Patrick Stewart. It is part of the new expanded CBS Star Trek TV universe under Alex Kurtzman. The final title of the series was announced in May 2019, as Star Trek: Picard.
Little has been revealed about the plot details of show, but it will be set roughly 20 years after Star Trek: Nemesis, which places it (tentatively) in the year 2399. Stewart has said that the show will be quite different, and it is not a Next Generation revival. Speaking in Las Vegas he said:
He may not, and I stress may not, be a captain anymore. He may not be the Jean-Luc that you recognize and know so well. It may be a very different individual. Someone who has been changed by his experiences.
It will be, I promise you, I guarantee it, something very, very different. It will come to you with the same passion, and determination and love of the material and love of our followers and our fans, exactly as we had it before.
Executive producer Alex Kurtman has said that “Picard’s life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire.”
The creative team for Picard will include James Duff, who recently joined Discovery as an executive producer, former Discovery executive producer Akiva Goldsman, Discovery writer and Star Trek novelist Kirsten Beyer, and Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon.
Stewart, Chabon, Goldsman, and Kurtzman are all executive producers on the show, along with Discovery executive producer, and president of Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout Productions, Heather Kadin.
The first season will consist of 10 episodes, that will be highly serialized.
The episodes are directed in two episode blocks; Discovery directors Hanelle Culpepper (episodes 1 &2), Jonathan Frakes (episodes 3&4), and Maja Vrvilo have been tapped to direct blocks of the series.
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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