On August 4, 2018, Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, stunned fans around the world when he announced he would be returning to a new Star Trek series, reprising his role as the beloved captain.
Now, it seems production is moving forward on the revival.
Stewart tweeted out the first look behind the scenes of the series' writing process.
The journey has begun. Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, James Duff, and y… https://t.co/PGilC6z0aD— Patrick Stewart (@Patrick Stewart)1537802197.0
Stewart's tweet shows a picture of himself working around the writers table with the caption:
"The journey has begun. Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, James Duff, and yours truly. #StarTrek"
Trekkies were, as expected, overjoyed.
@SirPatStew @StarTrek How we missed you Jean-Luc Picard https://t.co/GFfY7S6N7W— Darius (@Darius)1537804169.0
@SirPatStew @StarTrek 😃😃😃😃 https://t.co/IPEfMP9tpB— guzmanpsico (@guzmanpsico)1537803223.0
@SirPatStew @StarTrek Engage !! https://t.co/wW9Riq3MCY— metalesrojos valpo (@metalesrojos valpo)1537802615.0
@SirPatStew @StarTrek Can't even begin to convey how happy this makes me https://t.co/Z5SwGrmIqV— Gai-Lanne Pepper (@Gai-Lanne Pepper)1537804491.0
@SirPatStew @StarTrek Excitement levels rising https://t.co/cCIIDixsqU— Marcus is Late (@Marcus is Late)1537811501.0
@SirPatStew @StarTrek Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod!!!! Doing a happy wiggle. https://t.co/oRFSKVY5pO— momma raising boys to think first. (@momma raising boys to think first.)1537812033.0
@SirPatStew @StarTrek Me right now https://t.co/N29YXFtGmo— Birinder (@Birinder)1537807825.0
Of course, there was also the question of what the whole group was looking at.
@SirPatStew @StarTrek Can you confirm this is what you're all looking at? https://t.co/5PYJTKFqXe— Isaac Krasny (@Isaac Krasny)1537802769.0
@SirPatStew @StarTrek How many lights do you see— The Frontera ™ © (@The Frontera ™ ©)1537802545.0
As is so often the case with fandoms, many people had some suggestions for the new series.
@SirPatStew @StarTrek @SirPatStew If you could find a way to work @IanMcKellen into a show that would be beyond epic.— Jason Fink (@Jason Fink)1537802671.0
@SirPatStew @StarTrek Sir Pat....please please please make sure we see Picard's wife, aka Beverly, aka @gates_mcfadden... Please?— Rebecca Lockley (@Rebecca Lockley)1537806836.0
@SirPatStew @StarTrek It would be nice to see these two together at least once. https://t.co/9Y3AUzA7lI— Monique (@Monique)1537811959.0
@SirPatStew @redlettermedia @StarTrek Please focus on intellect and thought and not action. Please focus on intelle… https://t.co/Dr8QETMTXi— Tolarian Community (@Tolarian Community)1537827806.0
Some ideas were better than others...
@TolarianCollege @SirPatStew @redlettermedia @StarTrek When the Romulans and Borg team up with the Dominion, only o… https://t.co/cY5eQNbuRg— Dylan "ExoByte" Mayo (@Dylan "ExoByte" Mayo)1537828031.0
The series is expected to premiere on CBS or its streaming service CBS All-Access in 2019.
Until then, we'll just have to be content watching Stewart's announcement over and over again.
Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman and @SirPatStew surprised fans today at #STLV with news that he will be returning… https://t.co/Kjf5mqjPQl— Star Trek: Discovery (@Star Trek: Discovery)1533423327.0