Alex Kurtzman, who has become the defacto overseer of the “Star Trek” franchise on CBS All Access, spoke with EW about the still-untitled Jean-Luc Picard series and offered some new details.
First up, the plan is to make the new show very different from “Star Trek: Discovery” with indications are this is much more a drama, more introspective and more based in the real world:
“It’s an extremely different rhythm than Discovery, Discovery is a bullet. Picard is a very contemplative show. It will find a balance between the speed of Discovery and the nature of what Next Gen was, but I believe it will have its own rhythm. ‘More grounded’ is not the right way to put it, because season 2 of Discovery is also grounded. It will feel more … real world? If that’s the right way to put it.”
The writers room first assembled in September and they haven’t slacked off, with Kurtzman saying they’ve done the scripts for about eight episodes and are moving quickly. There is no word as yet regarding how many episodes will be in the first season of the planned ongoing series, but this would suggest at least ten.
With the action set twenty years after “Star Trek: Nemesis,” around the year 2399, Kurtzman says the show in part will deal with what Picard has been up to during that period:
“Without revealing too much about it, people have so many questions about Picard and what happened to him, and the idea we get to take time to answer those questions in the wake of the many, many things he’s had to deal with in Next Gen is really exciting.”
The show is currently targeting a late 2019 air date.