The eagerly anticipated Star Trek series on CBS All Access featuring the return of Jean-Luc Picard has taken a huge step towards becoming a reality.
Star Trek: Discovery director Hanelle Culpepper has officially signed on to helm the first two episodes of the series, making her the first woman to ever direct the pilot episode for a Star Trek series.
The first season of the planned series will reportedly run for ten episodes with series star Patrick Stewart publicly expressing hopes that the series will be renewed for future seasons. It will take place sometime after the destruction of Romulus as seen in the prime timeline of 2009's Star Trek, with Picard no longer a captain in Starfleet.
Previously, Culpepper has directed two episodes of Discovery and, outside of Star Trek, has directed episodes of Gotham, The Flash and Supergirl. No production start date or premiere for the still untitled series has been announced by CBS but Discovery showrunner and executive producer Alex Kurtzman will executive produce the new series.
The Picard Star Trek series on CBS All Access is expected to premiere by the end of the year.