Just what impact did one event have on the rest of the Star Trek galaxy?
Apart from the fact that it is set 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemisis, details on the new Star Trek TV series featuring Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard have been sparse. But now Alex Kurtzman has been talking to The Hollywood Reporter about what the series is all about.
Specifically the destruction of Romulus that led to Spock and Nero travelling back in time and creating the Kelvin timeline in 2009 quasi reboot / sequel / prequel movie Star Trek. Kurtzman, who co-wrote that film with Robert Orci, revealed that Picard’s long history with the Romulans and their planet’s eventual destruction had a big impact.
“Picard’s life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire.”
Picard of course regularly went up against the Romulans in Star Trek: The Next Generation and was instrumental in helping Spock seek a peaceful reunification between the Vulcans and Romulans in season five two-parter Unification. He aso faced off against a Romulan-created clone, played by Tom Hardy in the final movie Star Trek: Nemesis. This new series would see a continuation of these themes in the absence of the now destroyed planet Romulus.
Kurtzman also told The Hollywood Reporter how he convinced Stewart to return to the role after previous stating that he was uninterested in playing Picard again.
“He threw down an amazing gauntlet and said, ‘If we do this, I want it to be so different, I want it to be both what people remember but also not what they’re expecting at all, otherwise why do it?'”
Kurtzman also told the site how they pitched the series to Stewart, preparing a three-page document outlining their ideas. Novelist and screenwriter Michael Chabon joined the team to pitch a the show, which quickly expanded beyond the original three pages. .
“It turned into a 34-page document — with no way to shorten it. We were going on all in and he was going to read it or not read it, love it or hate it. It was our best attempt at trying to get him to say yes.
“He walked into the room and he had a huge smile on his face and said, ‘This is wonderful.’ What he understood at that point … was that he was with people who desperately wanted to collaborate with him, that we weren’t trying to exploit him. He knew if he was going to go back to Picard, it needed to be for the greatest reason ever.”
Asked if other members of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast would feature in the Picard series, Kurtzman replied with.
“Anything could happen.”
This is one show we are eager to see. In the meantime, we’ll be bringing weekly reviews of fellow Star Trek series Star Trek: Discovery when the show returns on the 18th January,
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