Stewart Won't Rule Out Future TNG FilmsBy Caillan
February 5, 2002 - 10:58 AM
Despite much speculation that 'Star Trek: Nemesis' could be the final voyage for the crew of The Next Generation, Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) won't confirm that's the case.
"Nobody's telling us that," Stewart told Star Trek Monthly's Abbie Bernstein (via Trek Galaxy). So does that mean Captain Picard and company will return to the silver screen in the future? "I don't see why not," he said, smiling.
Stewart has been involved with 'Nemesis' from day one, just as he was with the previous film, 'Insurrection.' "I worked on two of the [Star Trek] movies in script development," he said. "I'd been used to just getting a script, learning it and filming it, but to develop a script from an idea or from a story is another matter. And the way in which I worked with [producer] Rick [Berman] and the writers on 'Star Trek: Insurrection' was very valuable."
Many of the film's themes are especially relevant in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the actor said. "How do you deal with hostile individuals who seem to have no conscience, who seem not to share any humanitarian feelings? How do people unite to oppose such an individual or a group of individuals? What is the collective spirit of opposing wickedness?"
When Stewart spoke to the magazine in November, he was looking forward to donning the Starfleet uniform again. "It's beautiful," he said. "I'm looking forward to this so much [...]. It's worked out perfectly. This year, I've done two plays and produced my own television movie ['Boss Lear']. So at the end of the year, to come to Star Trek is just like a reward."
The full interview can be found in issue 89 of Star Trek Monthly, out now in the United Kingdom. Alternatively, a transcript can be found here at Trek Galaxy.