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Star Trek: Picard producer says show is "more character-based" than Next Generation

Oscar-winning writer Akiva Goldsman has revealed that Star Trek: Picardis "certainly more character based" than The Next Generation.

Airing between 1987 and 1994,Star Trek: The Next Generationwas star Sir Patrick Stewart's first taste of the Gene Roddenberry TV universe, but Goldsman (who produces and writes Picard, and also served as director on Star Trek: Discovery) recently explained to Hollywood Outbreakhow the two shows differ from one another.

With a 26-year gap to consider, what can audiences expect?

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"We pointedly wanted to not make a sequel to The Next Generation," Goldsman admitted.

"I think that tonally, it's a little bit of a hybrid. Obviously you will see – I hope – slower, more gentle, more lyrical, it is certainly more character-based.

"It also takes on the same thing that the original series took on, that Next Gen took on, that Discovery takes on – which is a hope for a future that is in many ways better than the world we live in today."

The two projects may be quite different, but the screenwriter did also add that Picard will tell a serialised story that allows the characters to "evolve in a way that makes it unique".

"Star Trek remains aspirational," he said. "We think it's a new kind of Star Trek show, made by a lot of people who love the old kinds of Star Trek."

Star Trek: Picard has a premiere date of January 23, 2020. It will air on CBS All Access in the US and Amazon Prime internationally, including the UK.

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