The final pieces of “Star Trek: Picard” are falling into place. CBS All Access announced on Thursday that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon has been named Showrunner of the upcoming series, which should be a shot of encouragement for fans of the franchise.
According to the network, Chabon is working closely on the day-to-day production of the series with Academy Award winner and veteran “Star Trek” writer and producer Akiva Goldsman, and Alex Kurtzman, who continues to oversee the expansion of the growing “Star Trek” universe for CBS Studios.
“Daring, lyrical, humane, whimsical, celebrated: words that describe both Jean-Luc Picard and the literary genius of Michael Chabon,” said Alex Kurtzman. “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.”
“‘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,” said Michael Chabon. “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.’”
In addition to Chabon, Goldsman, and Kurtzman, Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, James Duff, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth also serve as executive producers with Aaron Baiers serving as co-executive producer and Kirsten Beyer as supervising producer.
While not all of the details on the new series have been announced at this time, the series features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” The new series will follow this iconic character into the next chapter of his life.
Alongside Stewart, the show will also star Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, and Harry Treadaway.
If you’re new to Chabon’s work, he is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novels “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” “Moonglow,” “Wonder Boys,” “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union,” “Telegraph Avenue,” “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,” “Summerland,” “The Final Solution,” and “Gentlemen of the Road” to name just a few. Chabon’s screenplays and teleplays include “John Carter,” “Spiderman 2,” and “Unbelievable.” In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Chabon has won the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, Sidewise and Ignotus awards (Spain’s Hugo Award) and many others.
You can find a collection of Chabon’s most popular work right here on Amazon.
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