Live long and prosper.
CBS has finally revealed the title to the forthcoming Star Trek spin-off focusing on Jean-Luc Picard – and it’s suitably to the point.
After prolonged anticipation, they simply confirmed that the show is called Star Trek: Picard, reflecting the focus on Patrick Stewart’s iconic character.
While new images of the British actor reprising the role are yet to officially arrive, the title was announced at the CBS and CBS All Access Upfronts presentation, where those in attendance saw a photo of Sir Patrick wearing a jacket and a turtleneck. Those images were then posted on Twitter.
So far, it’s been confirmed that Stewart’s The Next Generation co-star Jonathan Frakes will direct some episodes of the new show, while one of Discovery‘s directors, Hanelle Culpepper, will helm the first two. It makes her the first woman in the franchise’s illustrious history to direct the launch of a Star Trek instalment.
Although a UK broadcaster is yet to be confirmed, it will air on CBS All Access in the US and Bell Media in Canada.
Announcing his return to Star Trek last year, Stewart said: “I will always be very proud to have been a part of the Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course.”
“It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over.”