Patrick Stewart wants to see more of Jean-Luc Picard.
Stewart’s latest Star Trek project, Star Trek: Picard, just concluded its final and third season in April 2023. And even though the Paramount+ series basically serves as a deeper exploration of his character, Jean-Luc, it looks like the British actor isn’t ready to retire the character yet, as he actually wants a movie focusing on the beloved sci-fi icon.
Will there be a Star Trek: Picard spinoff movie?
There’s currently no Star Trek: Picard spinoff movie in development, but Stewart shared that he would like to star in a Picard movie.
“I am gently pushing Paramount to let us do one single Picard movie,” Stewart revealed in his upcoming memoir, Making It So, according to an excerpt published on Time. “Not a Next Generation movie, as we have already done four of those. This would be an expansion and deepening of the universe as we’ve seen it in Star Trek: Picard. I’ve discussed this with Jonathan [Frakes], Brent [Spiner], and LeVar [Burton], and they are all game. Jonathan is my first choice to direct it.”
Why did Patrick Stewart agree to reprise the role of Captain Picard in Star Trek: Picard?
In the same excerpt published by Time, Stewart also shared how much convincing he needed from Star Trek: Picard creators Alex Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman before originally signing onto the show.
“I was done with him,” Stewart wrote about his character Picard. “I had said everything I wanted to say about him. His journey, as far as I was concerned, was complete, and for the remainder of my life, I was eager to find work as far away from Star Trek as possible, to keep moving forward as an actor.”
According to Stewart, he only agreed to reprise the role of Picard after the three conditions were met:
- The series would not be based on a reunion of The Next Generation characters. I wanted it to have little or nothing to do with them. This was not at all a mark of disrespect for my beloved fellow actors. Rather, I simply felt it was essential to place Picard in entirely new settings with entirely new characters. Perhaps Picard might encounter Riker (Jonathan Frakes) or Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden) in the second season, but such encounters were not to be the series’ raison d’être.
- Picard would no longer be serving in Starfleet, and he was not to wear any kind of uniform or badges.
- The series would run for no more than three seasons.
Stewart wrote that the show’s writing team was not “entirely thrilled” with the conditions he set. But fortunately, they were all agreed to eventually.
Is there a Picard spinoff series in development?
Despite Stewart’s wish to star in a Star Trek: Picard movie, nothing is official yet. But what about a series that would serve as a spinoff of Picard?
Sady, there’s currently no Star Trek: Picard spinoff series in development but Star Trek: Picard showrunner Terry Matalas has been vocal about his dream of making a new show that would see legacy Star Trek characters interacting with younger players of the beloved sci-fi franchise.
In an interview with TrekMovie.com ahead of Picard season 3 premiere, Matalas dubbed this dream spinoff series Star Trek: Legacy.
“There’s no question that this will feel, by the time it’s over like the final voyage of the Next Gen cast. And without going into spoilerrific detail, that doesn’t mean to say that a kind of Next, Next Generation show couldn’t continue with legacy characters,” Matalas told the website in February 2023. “A kind of Star Trek: Legacy if you will, where these characters can continue to interact with a whole new generation. And when I say that, I also mean characters from Deep Space Nine and Voyager as well. But again, I will remind fans, this is just my dream of dreams. And it’s not currently in development in any way. But should it ever be, I would be there in a New York minute.”
If Star Trek: Legacy gets picked up into a series, the show will follow the adventures of Captain Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), Number One Raffi Musiker (Michelle Hurd), Jack Crusher (Ed Speleers), and the rest of the crew of the rechristened USS Titan, now called the USS Enterprise-G. Terry Matalas told Collider that the potential Star Trek series would start with the newly built crew.
“I think I would want it right there with them,” Matalas said of his ideal starting point for the potential series. “I think the idea of Captain Seven, Jack Crusher, Raffi as Number One, the La Forge sisters (Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut’s Ensign Sidney La Forge and Mica Burton’s Alandra La Forge) and Esmar (Jin Moley) and [Mura] (Joseph Lee), I would love to see the crew of that USS Enterprise out there as the next generation, mixed in with a lot of these legacy characters again. I think that they’ve never been better and more interesting.”
Stewart even revealed to Variety that he would be willing to make an appearance in the potential series to check in on his on-screen son, Ed Speleers.
“Certainly, there is a wonderful future for Ed there, I’m sure of it,” Stewart said. “And if I can occasionally crop up to offer a little bit of comedy myself, then I shall be happy to do that.”
What is Patrick Stewart’s memoir Making It So about?
“From his acclaimed stage triumphs to his legendary onscreen work in the Star Trek and X-Men franchises, Sir Patrick Stewart has captivated audiences around the world and across multiple generations with his indelible command of stage and screen,” reads the official description of Patrick Stewart’s memoir. “Now, he presents his long-awaited memoir, Making It So, a revealing portrait of an artist whose astonishing life—from his humble beginnings in Yorkshire, England, to the heights of Hollywood and worldwide acclaim—proves a story as exuberant, definitive, and enduring as the author himself.”
When will Patrick Stewart’s memoir come out?
Making It So is set to be released on October 3rd, 2023, but it is now available for pre-order on different book platforms, including Amazon.
How much is Patrick Stewart’s memoir?
A hardcover version of Making It So is priced at $24.48. A digital copy of the memoir costs $16.99, while an audio CD copy of the book retails at $44.99.