In a video released by Paramount, the full video of Patrick Stewart’s announcement for his Stark Trek return was released on the official Star Trek YouTube channel.
The announcement of Patrick Stewart’s return to the role of Picard originally came during Star Trek Las Vegas convention. On that day only a two minute clip of the announcement was released. But now the full version of it has been released and contained a surprising amount of build up before the actual announcement.
At first, Patrick Steward talked about how the success of Star Trek: The Next Generation completely blew him away:
I was startled, stunned, and utterly disbelieving because never for one moment had I imagined this succession of audition at Paramount would ever lead to anything at all, and here, now, I was. What I didn’t’ know either was I was on the very, very brink, the edge of something that would touch every corner of my life. Every single corner. Of course career, emotional, domestic, home, everything was going to be affected by it.
Patrick Stewart then went on to talk about the Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s ending and how proud he was of everyone who worked on the project:
Seven years later, in ‘All Good Things,’ we wrapped our television series after 178 episodes. I was always so proud of what we did. We worked very hard. We worked long hours, as people on television series do, but we were working to do the best possible show that we could. Every single member of the cast, the production team, of the front of house, of the studio, was supporting us in this labor of love.
After a time of resisting ever returning to the role Patrick Steward talked about the impact that his Star Trek role had on people and how he grew to love it before the big reveal:
But something has happened. And it is not only the impact of the people that I have been talking to and working with over the past almost six months now, but it is also because I have spent a lot of time recently watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, including episodes I’d never seen before, which was fun and exciting. And gradually it became clearer and clearer to me that the power of that show, the success of that show, the benefits it gave – I have never ever grown tired of hearing from people who stop me in the street…who say to me ‘Your show changed my life. Without Star Trek: The Next Generation, I might not be here.’ And I always respond to those letters and to those notes and to those words when I hear them in the street. And that lies at the very center of what I have to tell you now. Jean-Luc Picard is back.
You can see the full video below:
The news that Patrick Stewart would return to Star Trek first broke on August 4th through Star Trek‘s official YouTube channel and Stewart’s various social media accounts. Details as to how he would return to the role have not be revealed and, according to Patrick Stewart, most of them haven’t even been thought of yet. Hopefully the wait will be worth it.
Are you all excited to see Patrick Stewart’s return to Star Trek? Should his character have been left alone after the end of Star Trek: Nemesis? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
10 Great Potential Directors For DC’s ‘Green Lantern Corps’
Green Lantern Corps has been on the DC Films slate for quite some time, but it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything solid about the project. The film’s original release date was slated for 2020 yet no director, casting announcement or any real progress has been made so far. Warner Bros. and DC failed to lay the groundwork for the film by introducing a Green Lantern as a member of the Justice League (except for a small cameo in a flashback). It is safe to assume Warner Bros. wants to have a good amount of time to distance the general audience from the disastrous 2011 Green Lantern film starring Ryan Reynolds. Yet now approaching seven years one has to wonder when this film will get off the ground? The success of Guardians of the Galaxy has proven no concept is too far out there for the general movie going audience and DC could have its own intergalactic saga to compete with Marvel by making this movie.
Warner Bros. and DC even have an interesting hook to separate Green Lantern Corps from not only Guardians of the Galaxy but also every other major superhero film. The DC project is supposedly a “buddy cop film set in space.” Basically Lethal Weapon meets Star Trek. Or even for a more modern reference, The Nice Guys meets Mass Effect. That’s a great pitch for any movie. Green Lantern Corps needs to be a higher priority for the studio than Lobo, Nightwing or that Joker origin movie.
The first step is finding the right director for the project. David S. Goyer, who has written a draft of the script, was rumored to be in talks to helm the project, but Warner Bros. and DC are paving a new path forward so they may want to try getting a better director. Hundreds of directors make interesting films every year and given the recent success of Black Panther, Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnarok, it’s clear that some of the best choices come from unconventional places.
These are the ten directors that should be on Warner Bros. and DC’s radar to help bring the Green Lantern Corps to the big screen. Click Next to get started!