An announcement was made by CBS regarding a new deal with Alex Kurtzman, the co-creator of Star Trek: Discovery and his production house Secret Hideout to take the Star Trek TV franchise further. Another report indicates that among the projects currently under works will see Stewart make a comeback as Captain Picard.
According to the report, Kurtzman is joined by producer AkivaGoldsman on the project. It is being called a “reboot,” and that creates a bit of confusion about whether this new project is a reboot or probably an extension of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
But, we advise you not to jump the gun. The report comes from The Hollywood Reporter, and it mentions that CBS hasn’t commented and that project is some distance away from being green-lighted. This means that a lot of negotiation is still pending before getting Stewart to sign for the comeback and it is also possible that he might not take the offer. However, if it gives you any relief, Stewart had recently stated that he might have some need to refresh himself on his Star Trek knowledge and there could be a reason for him to watch Star Trek: Discovery.
Stewart had played the role of Captain Picard for seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and also was a part of four Star Trek films. His last performance as Picard was in the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis.
The deal with Kurtzman also includes the development of new Star Trek series, a mini-series and “other content opportunities.”
“There is a very short list of writer-producer-directors that every film and television studio wants to be associated with, and Alex and his Secret Hideout team are always at the top,” David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios, mentioned in the press release. “His talent, taste, and ability to shepherd a successful project is unparalleled. Alex has done remarkable work for our Studio, dating back seven years to the launch of Hawaii Five-0, and we are thrilled that he, Heather and their team will be partnering with us for a long time to come.”
“Heather, Aaron and I are thrilled to continue Secret Hideout’s amazing partnership with CBS Television Studios,” said Alex Kurtzman. “Since our first collaboration with Hawaii Five-0 almost a decade ago, Les, David and the full team at CBS Studios have been our foremost collaborators and champions, treating each project with integrity, supporting the creative visions and working breathlessly to make each episode of every show the best it can be. CBS has also allowed us the great pleasure of reintroducing the world of Star Trek audiences new and old, and we are very excited to keep working alongside them to expand that world.”