Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon has been announced as the showrunner for Star Trek: Picard, Deadline reported yesterday.
The CBS All Access streaming service series will star Sir Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. The series explores the continuing life and career of the popular character from the tv series Star Trek: The Next Generation which ran for seven seasons in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Last fall Chabon was enthusiastic about being a writer and executive producer on the series. At the time he told deadline he was “really so delighted, and I can’t believe I get a chance to be part of this.”
Now the lifelong Star Trek fan has been named as the head of the new series by Alex Kurtzman who heads up the Star Trek universe for CBS.
Kurtzman said that “…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.”
Chabon said “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…”
Chabon is best known for his novels, including the Pulitzer Prize winning The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay. His cinema work includes screenplays for Spider-Man 2 and John Carter.
Star Trek: Picard‘s cast includes Michelle Hurd (Blindspot), Santiago Cabrera (Salvation) and Harry Treadaway (Mr. Mercedes).
The first two episodes of the new series will be directed by Hanelle Culpepper (How To Get Away With Murder, Gotham, Criminal Minds). This will make her the first female director of a debut or pilot Star Trek episode in the franchise’s 53 year history.
The series will air exclusively on CBS All Access in the US, and at the same time on Amazon Prime in more than 200 other countries. The screening schedule has not been released as yet.