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Star Trek: Picard Names Michael Chabon as Showrunner

CBS All Access' upcoming Star Trek: Picard series has found a new showrunner in Spider-Man 2 writer Michael Chabon.

According to Deadline, Chabon will helm the new Star Trek series. Chabon has been involved with the series as a writer, but he will now join Akiva Goldsman and Alex Kurtzman as an executive producer.

"Daring, lyrical, humane, whimsical, celebrated: words that describe both Jean-Luc Picard and the literary genius of Michael Chabon," Kurtzman said in a statement. "Despite a laundry list of accomplishments most writers only dream of, Michael shines with the heart and soul of a Trekkie who's finally found his dream job. We're so fortunate to have him at the helm as we explore this next chapter in the great captain's life."

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"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," Chabon added. "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."

Picard will see Stewart reprise the fan-favorite role he portrayed on Star Trek: The Next Generation for seven seasons and four films. While details about the project has largely been kept under wraps, the series will serve as a sequel of sorts to TNG, taking place 18 years after the events of the Star Trek: Nemesis film. It will examine how the character has changed since he was the Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D.

Debuting later this year on CBS All Access, Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway.