Michael Chabon Named 'Star Trek: Picard' Showrunner

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard.
Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard. (Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

"Star Trek: Picard" writer Michael Chabon has been promoted to be the series' showrunner. First reported by Deadline, this comes less than two months after "Star Trek" executive producer Alex Kurtsman said that Picard wasn't using a showrunner but instead would be "shepherded by a communal effort" of six writers including Chabon.

"It’ll be very different than Discovery. It’ll be slower, more meditative," Kurtzman said in May (via Los Angeles Times). "It speaks to the rainbow of colors we’re playing with in all these different shows."

The reason for this change is unknown. Chabon was announced as a writer/executive producer on the show last fall, and filming of the first season began in April.

"'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 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."

"Star Trek: Picard" is announced to debut later this year on CBS All Access in North America.

Originally published on Newsarama. 

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Chris Arrant
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Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Space.com sister site Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News and CBR. He is the author of the book "Modern Masters: Cliff Chiang," co-authored "Art of Spider-Man Classic," and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology "Pros and (Comic) Cons." He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)