This one is a bit of a surprise….
CBS All Access has made a deal for the new Star Trek series with Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard to screen on Amazon Prime Video.
The new series, which follows the next chapter of Picard’s life, will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere.
The surprise news comes despite CBS looking to build its new streaming service 10 All Access in Australia, where its exclusive titles are already few and far between. Star Trek: Discovery, meanwhile, screens via Netflix where it began before 10 All Access was ever contemplated.
The joint announcement was made today by CBS Studios International and Amazon Prime Video.
The series will also star Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), Isa Briones (American Crime Story: Versace), Santiago Cabrera (Salvation), Michelle Hurd (Blindspot) and nwcomer Evan Evagora.
“There’s only one word that can begin to describe Sir Patrick Stewart as Starship Commander Jean-Luc Picard, and that’s ‘legendary,’” said series executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “We are thrilled beyond measure to have him back in command, bringing the optimistic messages of Star Trek to audiences around the world.”
“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, Vice President, 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 catalogue of exclusive Amazon Prime Video content.”
“For 50 years, the Star Trek series has been a global sensation, spanning generations and audiences of all ages. It’s an honour to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back for what is sure to be another world-class extension of the historic franchise,” said Armando Nuñez, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Global Distribution Group. “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.”
The show is rumoured to premiere in late 2019, and consist of 10 episodes.
The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers and Aaron Baiers (Secret Hideout) will serve as co-executive producer and Kirsten Beyer will serve as supervising producer.