Brent Spiner believes that it's just a matter of time before Paramount Pictures reboots Star Trek: The Next Generation as a new movie with a younger cast. From the start of the series until its end in 1994, Spiner portrayed the android crew member Lieutenant Commander Data. He reprised the role in a series of Next Generation movies and made one more surprise appearance as Data last year in the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard.
While Picard may serve as a sequel to The Next Generation, Brent Spiner thinks the next Star Trek movie could reimagine Data and the others with an all-new cast. Between 2009 and 2016, Chris Pine played a new version of Captain Kirk in a trilogy of Star Trek reboot movies based on the original series. As Spiner explains in a recent Syfy Wire interview, it's easy for him to imagine Paramount trying to replicate the success of the Star Trek movies with a new reboot reimagining Captain Picard and his TNG crew.
"I've loved the recent movies. I think that sooner or later, they're going to do a reboot, a motion picture version of Next Generation, and cast some young guys in our parts."
When asked if he has any issues with Data potentially being recast, Spiner jokes.
"Well, of course, I do! But, no, I look forward to seeing it. I think it would be cool if they spun our show off."
The future of the Star Trek franchise is not entirely clear at this time. Word of an R-rated Star Trek movie directed by Quentin Tarantino has been reported, and though Tarantino ultimately passed on the project, the studio may still adapt the script with another director. Legion creator Noah Hawley had also reportedly signed on with Paramount in 2019 to write and direct a Star Trek movie, but no major updates have been announced since. There have also been rumors of a new Star Trek movie with Pine and his "Kelvin Timeline" co-stars, but even the cast isn't quite sure if it's actually going to happen.
After his cameo as Data on Picard in 2020, Spiner said he is officially finished with playing that character. Still, other Next Generation characters are likely to appear in the second season of Picard following Data's exit. In the first season, Spiner was joined by other fan favorites like Jonathan Frakes as William Riker, Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi, and Star Trek: Voyager star Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine. Whoopi Goldberg has teased her return as Guinan in the upcoming second season and chances are, we'll be seeing several other familiar faces.
CBS All Access will soon be rebranded as Paramount+. The first season of Picard is currently available on the streaming service. It's not yet clear when season 2 will start streaming. Meanwhile, if you want to revisit Spiner's first run as Data in the original version of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the series is currently streaming on Netflix. For more from Spiner, you can pick up his new book, Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir: Inspired by True Events, on Oct. 5. This news comes to us from Syfy Wire.