Star Trek: Picard has found its showrunner. The upcoming series, which is set to bring back Patrick Stewart as the iconic Jean Luc Picard, will air on CBS All Access later this year and it's been revealed that Michael Chabon will be the man in charge. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author had previously been revealed as a member of the writer's room, but he's been given a serious promotion.
According to a new report, Michael Chabon has been working closely with Akiva Goldsman, and Alex Kurtzman, who serve as executive producers on the series. Kurtzman is actually heading up CBS' small screen Trek universe, which also includes Star Trek: Discovery and several other projects that are currently in various stages of the development process. Chabon had this to say about landing the gig as showrunner in a statement.
"'Star Trek' has been an important part of my way of thinking about the world, the future, human nature, storytelling and myself since I was ten years old. I come to work every day in a state of joy and awe at having been entrusted with the character and the world of Jean-Luc Picard, with this vibrant strand of the rich, intricate and complex tapestry that is 'Trek.'"
Michael Chabon is a best-selling author whose work includes The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Moonglow, Wonder Boys and The Yiddish Policeman's Union. That said, he's no stranger to Hollywood, as he also worked on the scripts for movies such as Spider-Man 2 and John Carter. Alex Kurtzman had this to add in a statement.
"Daring, lyrical, humane, whimsical, celebrated: words that describe both Jean-Luc Picard and the literary genius of Michael Chabon. Despite a laundry list of accomplishments most writers only dream of, Michael shines with the heart and soul of a Trekkie who's finally found his dream job. We're so fortunate to have him at the helm as we explore this next chapter in the great captain's life."
This will mark the first time that Patrick Stewart has returned to the role of Jean Luc Picard since 2002. Aside from playing the character on Star Trek: The Next Generation for seven seasons, the actor also played the Starfleet captain in four movies; Star Trek; Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). In the new series, Picard will no longer be a Captain and has left Starfleet altogether.
The rest of the cast includes Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway round out the cast. Patrick Stewart, Alex Kurtzman, James Duff, Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers. CBS All Access has yet to set a premiere date, but Star Trek: Picard will debut on the streaming service later this year. This news was previously reported by StarTrek.com.