It has been made so! It had been previously rumored that multiple Star Trek series were in the works for streaming service CBS All Access. Captain of the Enterprise-D, Jean-Luc Picard will return and be played by Patrick Stewart. Star Trek: The Next Generation ran from 1987 to 1994.
Stewart himself revealed the news in a surprise announcement during the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention. The new series will not be a reboot, but rather a sequel series telling the stories within the next chapter of Picard’s life.
“I will always be very proud to have been a part of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course. It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over. During these past years, it has been humbling to hear many stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership. I feel I’m ready to return to him for the same reason – to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times. I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more.”