Star Trek – Jean-Luc Picard spin-off: A new progress report

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Where are things right now when it comes to the Star Trek spin-off series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard? We know that there has been plenty of conversation about the series, but unfortunately not all that much yet when it comes to firm details.

Well, today that is at least starting to change … at least a little bit. Speaking via Entertainment Weekly, show executive producer Alex Kurtzman opened up a little bit about the current state of things for the revival, noting that they are currently eight episodes into breaking down the story. However, Stewart is the only actor who has been officially cast as of yet. That will hopefully change soon, and personally, we’re really hoping that there will be some other returning favorites stopping by.

Here is some of what he had to say to the publication about establishing the tone and feel for what is obviously going to be a heck of an ambitious project for the CBS All Access streaming service:

“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.

“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. ‘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.”

Given how much enthusiasm there was when the project was officially greenlit, we do think that expectations are through the roof. How could they not be? We’re speaking about Jean-Luc Picard, one of the most-famous characters in the history of science fiction. It’s almost impossible to imagine viewers not being excited about the opportunity to see him again.

Is it possible that the new series will launch at some point in 2019? Definitely, but we’re also not crossing our fingers for anything just yet. This feels like one of those times where we are better off just waiting for more news rather than drawing any sort of enormous assumptions just yet.

What do you want to see on this new Star Trek spin-off series featuring Picard? Be sure to share right now in the attached comments.

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