The announcement that Trek fans are most excited is the return of Sir Patrick Stewart to Jean-Luc Picard for the upcoming series of CBS All Access. For the first time since he announced his return to Star Trek Las Vegas last summer, Stuart is talking about what we can expect for the new show.
The series will be called to this day, and there is no need for old age
Speaking to Yahoo, Patrick Stewart gave little information about what we can expect from the show, saying:
And what we come to is exciting. It's exciting to me because it excites me as an actor. Oh, the story is great. And – I could be so careful to say or live with me if I say the wrong things. But it has – it sometimes refers to today's day, and that's all I can really say. I am not saying that we are in this day. We are not. But the world in which we find Jean-Luc Picard is not quite a world in which we left it.
Stewart's comments on the changes in the world we left probably relate to changes in galactic politics in 20 years after his last appearance in Star Trek: Nemesis. Alex Kurtzman has already given a big hint about these changes, recently revealing that "Picard's life has changed radically with the dissolution of the Romulan Empire."
He also joked about how today he does not look old as he was made to look at the flash-forward in Star Trek: The Next Generation this season's final "All Good Things". Stuart said he would look what he is doing now on the show, saying:
[In “All Good Things”] I grew up with a beard and put me old. Then I looked older, eighteen years ago, than – I do not think I say too much – than I will say in the upcoming series … Jean-Luc Picard and Patrick Stewart are at the same age.
10-hour film, with more opportunity
Stewart also indicated that the show will consist of ten episodes, in a serial bow, citing Yahoo:
They write a 10-hour film.
One of the questions about the series is whether it will be a limited series or an ongoing series. The initial assumptions were that the performance would be limited, with Stewart's comment on a 10-hour film that seemingly confirms that. A recent Variety report also suggested that the show will be a limited series. However, in NYCC in the fall, executive producers Alex Kurtzmann and Heather Kadin for TrekMovi, the series is planned as an ongoing series of hopes for many seasons. In a new interview with Yahoo, Stuart added some clarity to all of this, saying:
We hope for more than one season.
Why did he sign it?
Stuart also discussed how he had long ago opposed the return of Picard's role, but ended with the signing of a new show after hearing the floor (probably by executive producers Alex Kurtsman and Michael Shabon and others) for something "very unusual" "Intrigued". Stuart gave some details on the way to his decision, saying:
What I was afraid was in a way, this would be jokey. And I do not want to do it. I respect the work we were working on Next generation, and also changed my life in every way. I said, "You know what? I think I'm ready for this." But I asked many questions and the answers were very pleased. And I was struck by how clever these people were talking to, who could very well tell narrative and seemed to be set in what the actor might need to hear. So, I signed.
Stewart also updated the process of making the Picard show – for which he is an executive producer – saying:
I am in the writing room totaling a total of three weeks in the last few months. The work that is done there is remarkable. I basically just sit and listen. I mean, these ideas of smart guys go back and forth as if, what if, what if, on, it will not work, what if.
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