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Star Trek: Patrick Stewart Pushing Picard Writers To Be 'New and Different'

Writing is still underway for CBS All Access' new Star Trek series featuring the eagerly anticipated return of Patrick Stewart to his star-making role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Among the writers assembled for the upcoming series is celebrated author Michael Chabon who has previously been awarded Pulitzer, Hugo, and Nebula Awards for his work.

Chabon, who penned the just released Star Trek: Short Treks episode "Calypso" introducing new Star Trek: Discovery character Craft, has revealed that Stewart himself is playing an active role in the writing process of the series working directly with Chabon and the other writers.

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"We brought in Sir Patrick himself, and he has the kind of master grasp of the character. He has been really influential in both helping us understand the character, and also pushing us and challenging us," explained Chabon in an interview with IGN. "He’s really pushing us to try to do something new and different with the character. And that’s why he wants to play it, so that he can play something that honors the character, that’s true to the character."

Stewart had posted a photo of himself in September meeting with the writers for the new Star Trek series including Chabon and Akiva Goldsman who had been a producer on the first season of Discovery.

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"He’s a very fierce protector of the character, but at the same time, he wants to see Jean-Luc Picard having experiences, having adventures, and be put in situations we haven’t seen before," Chabon continued.

Details about the upcoming series, including its final title and release date, are currently unknown but it is expected to premiere on CBS All Access.

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