By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
CBS seems to be trying to capture the spirit of the original Star Trek series by hiring Gene Roddenberry’s son, Rod Roddenberry, to help executive produce the upcoming streaming series. The younger Roddenberry is the current CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment and has been a consulting producer on the fan series Star Trek: New Voyages.
The Hollywood Reporter got the scoop with series executive producer and showrunner Bryan Fuller saying in a statement:
Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, left a finely feathered nest for all who love ‘Star Trek’ to enjoy. It is only fitting that Rod Roddenberry and Roddenberry Entertainment join our new Trek adventure to ensure that his father’s legacy of hope for the future and infinite diversity in infinite combinations runs through our tales as Gene Roddenberry intended.
Roddenberry has very few credits so this hiring is probably more symbolic than anything else. The symbolism, however, is absolutely appreciated by longtime fans such as myself who thought JJ Abrams Star Trek was a great science fiction movie but a lousy Star Trek film.
Of his new hiring, here’s what Roddenberry said in a statement:
While I will always be humbled by its legacy and the legions of fans who are its guardians, it’s a genuine honor to be joining a team of imaginative and incredibly capable individuals whose endeavor it is to uphold the tenets of Star Trek’s legacy while bringing it to audiences in a new era and on a contemporary platform.
This is just another peg in a long line of exciting news for the upcoming series. When news broke in November 2015 that Alex Kurtzman was producing a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access, I shuddered a bit. Like I said before, I didn’t like the direction they took the Star Trek reboot so I expected the worst for the series.
Then they announced Bryan Fuller as the showrunner. He worked on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, wrote some of the best episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, and created some of the best television in recent memory with Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, and Dead Like Me.
If that wasn’t enough to be excited about, last weekend the show also hired Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer as a writer and consulting producer for the new series. Meyer was able to meld exciting stories, character development, and Roddenberry’s vision of the future into a perfect mix creating the film that all other Star Trek movies are judged by — or duplicated. Then he wrote the second best Star Trek film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Every Trek fan has known that the series would need to return to the small screen and with Fuller, Meyer, and now Roddenberry on board I’ve gone from pessimistic to enthusiastic about the project.
The Untitled Star Trek television series will premiere in January 2017.