However, it has now been revealed that the new series won't be entirely grounded away from space, as Kurtzman told EW "events began to unfold that conspire to take Picard back to the stars", adding that it won't be "in a way that anyone expects".
The cinematic trailer engaged fans with a lavish production and the return of Data (Brent Spiner) and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan). Ethan Peck's "Ensign Spock" is here, and so is Captain Pike (Anson Mount) and Number One (Rebecca Romijn).
"It was terribly important to us that he remains fundamentally Picard", Kurtzman added. The CBS All Access website, which previously stated "Coming soon" now reads "Coming Early 2020".
"Be the captain they remember", someone says to the aging icon, and while the idea of returning to this role after so many years holds some inherent risks, it seems as if the creative team behind this series (including showrunner Michael Chabon) is embracing the idea of exploring Picard's legacy within the show itself. If that doesn't excite you, I don't know what will.
"Fifteen years ago today, you let us out of the darkness".
Although Picard won't be what you remember, the series will tap into that familiar hope for a better future that has become emblematic of the franchise. Jonathan Del Arco will also appear, likely reprising his role as the Borg Hugh from "Next Generation". During the press tour, Kurtzman teased that the show will be very different and "grounded". The Picard actor explained he is excited to "explore new dimensions" and "seek out new life" for the character.
According to Gizmodo, Picard's last canon appearance showed that he led a failed attempt to save Romulans from their planet's destruction. Kurtzman hinted that there are circumstances that have "radically" shifted that have caused the beloved Starfleet admiral to question his life decisions. "Standing up for what we believe in".
Speaking to ComicBook.com at the TCA 2019 Winter Press Tour, executive producer Alex Kurtzman said: "Everybody in that room loves Jean-Luc Picard very deeply, and obviously, the benefit that we have is that Jean-Luc Picard is in the room with us".