Michael Chabon Takes Over Star Trek: Picard Showrunner Duties

by Erik Amaya

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Taking the center seat on a Star Trek project must be the dream of any Trekkie with an interest in working in television. And it appears to be a dream come true for author Michael Chabon.
According to Deadline, the writer has been named showrunner of CBS All Access’s upcoming Star Trek: Picard. The series takes Star Trek back to the post-Next Generation era with Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard. But it seems the years have not been entirely kind to the legendary Enterprise captain. The destruction of Romulus and Picard’s relief efforts left the then-Admiral Picard embittered. He resigned his commission and retreated to the Picard Vineyard in France. And as the series begins, Starfleet reaches out to him for a mission only he can complete.
“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,” said overall Star Trek executive producer Alex Kurtzman in a statement. “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,” added 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.”
As the series has been in production for sometime, we’re going to assume Chabon began plotting the series long ago, but only took the showrunner title recently. He signed on to be an executive producer on the series last fall, when all the pieces were still slotting into place. For a fan of The Next Generation, it is exciting to see that era honored. Star Trek has focused on The Original Series for the last decade and a return to Star Trek‘s future with a talented writer at the con is definitely something to celebrate. But we can’t help but wonder what Picard will look like and how much TNG iconography will return.
Star Trek: Picard debuts on CBS All Access later this year.

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