Star Trek: Picard showrunner Michael Chabon has backed down on the development of another series after some swift backlash from many concerned with the content of his potential show. The project, which chronicled the real-life events of the 2016 Ghost Ship warehouse fire, is now no more after Chabon and his co-writer wife Ayelet Waldman heard the plight from many touched by the situation and decided that it was too soon to revisit.
Waldman took to social media to explain their decision to leave the project undeveloped. Over the course of several tweets, Waldman shared that a bulk of the decision was based in conversations with the victims of the tragedy.
The Ghost Ship warehouse fire was a tragedy in which a warehouse serving as a residential "artist collective" for creatives in San Francisco Bay Area caught fire during a concert. The fire resulted in 36 deaths, and sparked controversy when it was discovered there were emails from years prior of safety concerns regarding electrical systems inside the building. Master tenant Derick Almena and creative director Max Harris were charged with several counts of involuntary manslaughter as a result, but Harris was acquitted of all 36 counts and Almena received no sentence due to mistrial.
Weeks prior to this new announcement Ayelet Waldman had tweeted followers the Ghost Ship project (which was still in its early stages) would move forward. Waldman added she and husband Michael Chabon would cover the topic with the "greatest sensitivity" and care. Some backlash was seen in the replies to the tweet in which users stated profiting off a story about deceased artists that belonged to a collective that rejected commercialism was disrespectful. Overall, it seemed those against the project felt it more important to protect the victims of the incident rather than put a spotlight on the aftermath and any injustice following the tragedy.
While one project may be dead, Michael Chabon still has Star Trek: Picard on the way to CBS All Access in 2020. Stick with CinemaBlend for continued updates on that series, and for a look ahead at what to expect in television and movies in 2020 and beyond.
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