With pre-production continuing on the new Star Trek series featuring Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc Picard, executive producer Alex Kurtzman has shed some light on the upcoming CBS All Access series.
Kurtzman, who oversees all new Star Trek programming on the premium streaming service, has revealed that the planned series will take place after the events in the prime timeline of 2009's Star Trek, which saw the destruction of Romulus and subsequent demise of the Romulan Empire after Spock failed to stop a supernova from consuming the Romulan homeworld.
"Picard's life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire," Kurtzman revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Kurtzman, who co-wrote the J.J. Abrams-helmed reboot, also co-wrote the tie-in comic book miniseries Star Trek: Countdown leading to the events of Romulus' destruction. Taking place several years after Picard's most recent on-screen appearance in Star Trek: Nemesis, the miniseries saw Picard leave the Enterprise to begin a career as a diplomat. Whether this career change will remain canon and how the destruction of Romulus will impact Picard has yet to be seen, but it confirms that the new series will chronologically be the latest in the franchise's prime timeline.
The new Star Trek series starring Patrick Stewart as Picard, debuting sometime in late 2019 on CBS All Access, is reportedly set 20 years after Star Trek: Nemesis and will follow an older Jean-Luc who is in a new phase of life.