If all had gone well, there could have been another Star Trek: The Next Generation film after Star Trek: Nemesis.
While Nemesis was being filmed, another film was being planned that would have involved more than The Next Generation according to Sir Patrick Stewart. “While we were filming Nemesis an idea was being developed by John Logan, the screenwriter of Nemesis, and Brent Spiner for a fifth and final movie,” said Stewart. “It was a very exciting idea for a screenplay.”
“It would have been a real farewell to Next Generation, but it would have involved other historic aspects of Star Trek as well,” said Stewart. “I can’t go into details because the project wasn’t mine. When that didn’t happen, the studio announced in its own inimitable way that we were suffering from franchise fatigue and that there was to be no more, and I am absolutely content with that.”
Stewart has no desire to revisit The Next Generation. “I remain very proud of the work we did,” he said, “very proud of the series and the movies, but I do not wish to return to it.”
At the 2010 Creation Official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, Stewart surprised William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy by joining them onstage. “I felt that a real honor was being bestowed on me because these are the guys that created it all,” he said. “These are the living legends of Star Trek. They also happen to be two men who I’ve grown to like very much. I know Bill more than I do Leonard, but I admire and like both of them. So, to be a third party on that stage, in front of such an audience, was a real treat for me.”
Fans of Stewart can see him in Macbeth, which airs tomorrow, October 6, at 9 PM on PBS.