Last week we ran some quotes from a recently released audio interview with Gene Roddenberry from the 70s where he discussed changes in Trek designs and that he had considered doing his own prequel to The Original Series. In the last week some friends of the site have found other quotes from Star Trek’s creator that showed that he was pretty flexible and open to a future of Trek without him.
Roddenberry on doing Star Trek without Leonard Nimoy
from 1977 letter to fans on the controversy over doing the ‘Phase II’ TV series (aka ‘Star Trek II’) without Leonard Nimoy (who did not want to return to series television), taken from “The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture” by Susan Sackett and Gene Roddenberry.
Do we still want Nimoy-Spock in Star Trek II? Yes, of course. Must we have the Nimoy-Spock combination back no matter what the schedule or terms or cost? Of course not.
Roddenberry on recasting
from 1981 letter to the fans regarding the death of Spock controversy in the upcoming Star Trek II, taken from “Star Trek:Creator – The Authorized Biography of Gene Roddenberry”
Even if Nimoy never plays Spock again, I think it would be wonderful years from now to see Star Trek come back with an equally talented new cast playing Spock and Kirk and Bones and Scotty and all the rest as they say tomorrow’s things to tomorrow’s generations…
Roddenberry on if he would have done Star Trek differently
from 1988 Interview, “The Star Trek Interview Book” by Allan Asherman.
…there are literally hundreds of things I would have done differently with the luxury of hindsight, but I’m quite pleased, given the time, the place, the problems we faced, our own lack of knowledge at that time, because we’ve grown since then, that we did as well as you can reasonably expect. We made lots of mistakes, but obviously we did enough things right that it worked despite the mistakes.
Roddenberry on Trek’s future after him
from 1989 interview, Star Trek Communicator Magazine
I feel that we’ve got such good people in Hollywood, and will in future as well, that I would be happy to have a Star Trek come on in 15 or 20 years where people say, "Now that is good! That makes Roddenberry look like nothing!" And that would please me!
recount of 1990 appearance, taken from “Making of Deep Space Nine” by Judith and Gar Reeves-Stevens
…at a STAR TREK convention in Los Angeles, about a year before his death, Gene Roddenberry spoke to the gathered fans about the future of STAR TREK. He had seen his creation span generations of viewers, he had heard the fans of The Original Series and the Next Generation debate the pros and cons of both, and though there had been no formal talks of a third series at this time, he spoke of how he perceived STAR TREK’s future, after he was gone.
With a charm and sincerity that clearly came from a person who was used to studying human behavior from the perspective of one who looked into the future, Roddenberry said he expected — indeed, he hope — that in the years to come, new generations of fans would look at the new forms of STAR TREK being produced and say, ‘This is the real STAR TREK. Those other people back there at the beginning, they didn’t do it half as well.’
Thanks to Jon, John, Judy and Gar