Figured I'd make a thread for the upcoming Star Trek show featuring Patrick Steward returning as Jean-Luc Picard.
First bits of info have emerged:
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Kurtzman — the showrunner on "Star Trek: Discovery," who was rumored to also be among the executive producers of this new series — said Picard will be living a very different life than the one he knew on the Enterprise. The destruction of the Romulan homeworld in 2009's film "Star Trek," Kurtzman said, was a defining event in Picard's career, one that sets up the role Stewart will play on the still-untitled new show.
"Picard's life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire," Kurtzman explained. He added that Stewart himself loved the show's new premise once he saw how different his reprised role would be.
"He [Stewart] threw down an amazing gauntlet and said, 'If we do this, I want it to be so different, I want it to be both what people remember but also not what they're expecting at all. Otherwise, why do it?'" Kurtzman said.
Got this from Space.com
Curious how the inclusion of the destruction of Romulus has lead to some confusion with some thinking this show will take place in the Kelvin timeline - it won't it's taking place in the 'prime' universe.
So in aninterview, they have referred to the Picard show as a "limited series".
With post-production of season 2 of “Discovery” nearly complete, Kurtzman is turning his immediate focus to the limited series that will revisit the character of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart.
A new update found on IGN.com, doesn't reveal much new, except the show will start filming in 2 & a 1/2 months:
At the 2019 TCA winter press tour, Star Trek executive producer Alex Kurtzman spoke to a group of journalists about the show's overall tone. "Everybody in that [writers] room loves Jean-Luc Picard very deeply," explained Kurtzman. "The benefit that we have, is that Jean-Luc Picard is in the room with us. As we're creating the story, we're asking ourselves, how do we live up to the spirit, character, and the tone that Next Gen set, but also make it something very different."
The upcoming Picard series will take place some 20 years after 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis. Kurtzman informed us that Picard's character has changed emotionally as a result of the time jump. "Patrick was very clear with us from the beginning," Kurtzman said, adding, "he did not want to repeat what he had already done, and, by the way, it's been 20 years, so he couldn't possibly be that same person anymore. The question becomes, what has happened to him during that time? Have there been forces that forced him to reckon with choices that he's made in his life? How do you hold onto being that person that everybody loved when the circumstances around you have changed so radically? Those are the big questions that we're asking."
With Stewart serving as an executive producer for the project, we were curious about his overall involvement and how it has affected the narrative. "Patrick didn't want to put handcuffs on us. He said that he wanted us to have the freedom to explore this character from a new perspective and I (Stewart) will always know in my gut if this is something he (Picard) would, or wouldn't do. We've started to internalize his thinking about Picard. Because that conversation is literally daily, either on email or in person, we feel confident that we're making choices that he would be happy with."
In terms of world building, Kurtzman was reluctant to offer any specifics, but he did assure us that the series will stay true to its TNG roots. "The first thing we all said, is that it has to feel grounded," Kurtzman explained. "No matter what choices we're making about how to portray the future, it has to feel grounded. One of the things people loved about Next Gen is that it was an emotional, grounded piece of entertainment. The easy thing to do is come up with crazy floating skyscrapers and all of the cliches of science fiction. We've tried to avoid that. In the production design, it's all about the small, personal, intimate details that you can still connect to now, even though it's taking place so far in the future."
As Kurtzman was about to leave, he told us that the show will start shooting in about two and a half months, "we're well underway," he explained. While no official release date has been set for the Picard series, CBS says to expect its arrival in late 2019.
Outside of the U.S. & Canada this show will be on Amazon Prime Video, which means I probably wont watch it.
Otherwise I came this little tidbit:
"The mandate was to make it a more psychological show, a character study about this man in his emeritus years. There are so few shows that allow a significantly older protagonist to be the driver. … It'll be very different than 'Discovery.' It'll be slower, more meditative. It speaks to the rainbow of colors we're playing with in all these different shows," he said.
"What happens when circumstances have conspired to not give him the happiest of endings? Hopefully, it's a reinforcement of [Gene] Roddenberry's vision of optimism. He's going to have to go through deep valleys to get back to the light."
Former captain of the USS Enterprise. Stewart returns to the role after last portraying the character in the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis. He felt that at that time his role in the franchise "had run its natural course", but in the years since he was humbled by stories of the impact the character had on the lives of fans and so was now happy "to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times".
Santiago Cabrera as the pilot of Picard's ship and a skilled thief.
Michelle Hurd as a former intelligence officer struggling with substance abuse.
This show will be at SDCC, during an event titled "Enter the Star Trek universe". Something I missed is Michael Chabon is the showrunner for ST:P - I've never heard of him and not sure what he's done before
A new interview with Jonathon Frakes from IGN.com on him & Marina Sirtis appearing in the show:
Frakes revealed that he just worked with Stewart on the show the Monday after Comic-Con.
“I was nervous!” he said of returning to the role of Riker in front of the camera. “I hadn't done it for... Nemesis was what? 17 years, 18 years [ago]. Luckily it was with my old pal, and I had just directed two episodes of the show. So I did [it] with Patrick who is just... He's crushing it on this series. He's just on fire. The trailer's awesome.”
As for where Riker is now in the time period of Picard, Frakes said he’s very happy with what the writers have cooked up for him and costar Marina Sirtis, who of course plays Deanna Troi. Troi and Riker married in the last Next Gen movie, Nemesis, and were leaving the Enterprise so Riker could captain his own ship, the USS Titan. It sounds like those captaining days may be over for Riker now, however.
“Yeah, the stuff is great,” he said. “I can't obviously tell you, but Marina and I... Well, you'll see where we are. We're together, and it's quite... it's non-military. I'll say that.”
Well, I don't like that Riker & Troi appear to have left Starfleet, I was looking forward to them showing Riker captaining the Titan.
Another bit on Frakes directing the show:
Not only is he putting his acting hat (comm badge?) back on for Picard, but in addition to directing two episodes of Season 1 for that show, Frakes is also returning to Discovery Season 3 to helm two more episodes there. In fact, when we spoke, he was on his way to Toronto to do prep for an episode. The helmer explained that it’s important to take a different approach to shooting those two shows.
“Well, it's not the same deal because Disco has a very cinematic, conscious sort of J.J. [Abrams] lens flare style,” explained Frakes. “And that works for Disco, and the sets are built for that, and there's a lot going on. Picard is a little more contemplative, and so you can't be unmotivated camera moves and all kinds of lens flares. And all that J.J. stuff doesn't fly so much on Picard unless you're in the middle of some sort of action. So the shooting style is a little bit different. You've got to keep it cool, though. That's the other thing. It's not like Next Gen where it was closeup, two shot, closeup, closeup. You know I mean. That s#!t is... That doesn't fly on television anymore!”