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Amazon is becoming part of the Star Trek universe.
The tech behemoth has grabbed worldwide streaming rights (outside of the United States and Canada) to an upcoming Trek series starring Patrick Stewart, who will reprise his Jean-Luc Picard character. The show will debut on CBS All Access in North America and become available to Amazon Prime subscribers in more than 200 territories within 24 hours.
“We’re thrilled to partner with CBS to bring the newest edition of the storied Star Trek franchise to our international Amazon Prime Video customers,” said Brad Beale, vp worldwide content licensing for Amazon Prime Video. “With the incredible Sir Patrick Stewart returning as the beloved Jean-Luc Picard, we’re excited we can give Trek fans both old and new the opportunity to see him back in action. It’s a terrific addition to our already robust catalog of exclusive Amazon Prime Video content.”
Added Armando Nuñez, president and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group, “For 50 years, the Star Trek series have been a global sensation, spanning generations and audiences of all ages. It’s an honor to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back for what is sure to be another world-class extension of the historic franchise. We look forward to working with the team at Amazon Prime Video to bring this next chapter of the incredible Star Trek franchise to its passionate international fan base
Executive producer and Star Trek franchise captain Alex Kurtzman told The Hollywood Reporter that the Picard in the new series will be a changed man since viewers last saw the character in the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis. He also said that’s how Stewart wanted it.
“He threw down an amazing gauntlet and said, ‘If we do this, I want it to be so different, I want it to be both what people remember but also not what they’re expecting at all, otherwise why do it?'” Kurtzman said of the conversations he had with Stewart about the series.
Other than saying the show will follow Picard “in the next chapter of his life,” details of the show’s story are being kept under wraps. The cast includes Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, Evan Evagora and Michelle Hurd.
Along with Kurtzman, the untitled show’s executive producers are Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Stewart, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth.
The Picard series is one of several Star Trek projects in the works at CBS All Access. In addition to Discovery and spinoff Short Treks, the streaming service has given a two-season order to animated series Lower Decks and is developing a Discovery spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh, a second animated series and a Starfleet Academy project. Another animated Trek series aimed at kids will air on Nickelodeon.
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