Michael Chabon Named STAR TREK: PICARD Showrunner

CBS has made it official that writer and executive producer Michael Chabon will act as Showrunner for the upcoming Star Trek: Picard series. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author has been attached to the series since it entered development last year.

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 via press release. “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.”

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MICHAEL CHABON ANNOUNCED AS SHOWRUNNER OF “STAR TREK: PICARD”

June 27, 2019 – Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon has been named Showrunner of the upcoming STAR TREK: PICARD series. 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 (Secret Hideout) serving as co-executive producer and Kirsten Beyer as supervising producer. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.

Michael Chabon 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,” “Gentlemen of the Road;” the short story collections “A Model World” and “Werewolves in Their Youth;” and the essay collections “Maps and Legends,” “Manhood for Amateurs,” “Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces” and “Bookends.” Chabon’s screenplays and teleplays include “John Carter,” “Spiderman 2,” “Unbelievable” – which he wrote with his writing partner and wife, the novelist, essayist and television writer Ayelet Waldman – the STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS episode “Calypso” and “Q&A” among others. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Chabon has won the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, Sidewise and Ignotus awards (Spain’s Hugo Award) and many others.

First announced in August 2018 at Star Trek Las Vegas, Star Trek: Picard will see Patrick Stewart return to the role of Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation, alongside Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd and Evan Evagora. It is produced by Stewart himself along with Alex Kurtzman, James Duff, Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth and Aaron Baiers.

Production began last month, and it is expected to wrap in mid-September. The series will debut in December 2019 on CBS All Access in the United States and will be available through Amazon Prime Video in most other countries.

The logo for the series was first revealed during the CBS All Access presentation, during upfronts earlier this month in New York City.


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