Patrick Stewart may return to Star Trek under a new deal that revives his The Next Generation role. Sources talking about the alleged show claim Alex Kurtzman, who has renewed his contract with CBS, is working with Akiva Goldsman on the reboot. Even better, the sources claim that Patrick Stewart may return to the rebooted series in his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
The information comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which reports that Kurtzman has penned a renewed deal with CBS that will keep him with the network until 2023. Kurtzman serves as executive producer for Star Trek: Discovery, the relatively new Star Trek series offered exclusively through CBS All Access, its on-demand and live streaming TV app.
Kurtzman will be taking over Discovery‘s showrunner role, replacing both Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, who were fired earlier this year. CBS has allegedly tasked Kurtzman with growing the franchise’s television presence, an effort said to include things like a mini-series and an entirely new TV show.
That TV show, the report claims, may be a reboot of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Stewart will supposedly be back as Picard. This isn’t the first time such a claim has surfaced, according to THR, though CBS itself has not commented on the rumor and the alleged show has not been officially launched.
It’s unclear what the show will be called; the word “reboot” is mentioned in the report, but there’s no clear indication about whether this will be a continuation of TNG or merely a new addition to the universe in which Captain Picard happens to be present. Before you get too excited, take note: the sources warn that the deal isn’t finalized and Stewart may not ultimately join the cast.
SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter