The cinematic future for Star Trek might not be too bright right now but this epic sci-fi franchise still has a lot going for it on the television side. Fans are looking forward to the second season of Star Trek: Discovery and there's also a new series coming that will bring back Patrick Stewart's Captain Picard. Those who were hoping that this would be a return to the Next Generation-style of shows might be disappointed to know that Picard's life has changed and maybe not for the better.
Alex Kurtzman, the executive producer of the new Star Trek show coming to CBS All Access, gave some insight on this new series and Picard's mindset. Intriguingly enough, this will take place after the 2009 Star Trek film and tackle the demise of the Romulan Empire after Spock failed to stop a Supernova from killing the planet.
Kurtzman states that Picard's life was "radically altered" after the destruction of the Romulan Empire, which is one heck of a statement. Picard's character has had a long history with the Romulan Empire so seeing them gone is new territory for the iconic character. Apparently, this is just how Stewart wants it according to Kurtzman, who told The Hollywood Reporter that the X-Men star only agreed to star in the show if it breaks all expectations.
"He 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 whydoit?' "
Expectations for this new series are at an all-time high since Next Generation was considered by many to be on par with the original Star Trek, with some even saying that it's better than the first show. Whatever this series ends up being called, expect a lot of attention when that name is announced, along with its release date.
No release date for the new Star Trek series has been announced.