Star Trek: Picard Announces Showrunner

A lot of curiosity has surrounded the upcoming show Star Trek: Picard. While the basic story is known (And that it will be on CBS All Access), it’s still unsure what the actual plot of the series will be.

What is know is the story will take place two decades after the events of Star Trek: The Next Generation and follow former U.S.S. Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard (Played by Patrick Stewart) in the next phase of his life. Two things the story will do is, one, play up Picard’s love of archaeology with a mission to revolve around some sort of alien artifact that’s been discovered. Second, the story will deal with Picard’s role in having brokered peace with the Romulans and then watching it crumble with the destruction of Romulus due to a stellar event.

For those unfamiliar with the backstory to the 2009 rebooted film that established the Kelvin timeline in the Star Trek universe, a prequel to that film was made in comic book form that saw the events of the original canon that led to Prime Spock going through that black hole and altering history. In that comic book, titled Star Trek: Countdown, Picard was actually featured as part of those events which, you guessed it, involved the destruction of Romulus. Whether this is the storyline they will keep to to launch Picard’s new solo series is unconfirmed, but it seems too similar to just be dismissed.

In any case, it’s now been confirmed that the series will have celebrated and award-winning novelist Michael Chabon as showrunner. Chabon spoke the following about his involvement:

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, with this vibrant strand of the rich, intricate and complex tapestry that is Trek.

With a showrunner, it’s a strong bet that we’ll see more on the show soon enough. Stay tuned!