Although The Great Bird of the Galaxy left us in 1991, his name is going to live on if son Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry has anything to say about it. At the Las Vegas Star Trek convention on Friday Rod Roddenberry announced a new initiative for the fans, plus gave Gene Roddenberry’s grandson his Trek convention debut. More details below
Roddenberry Launches "Warp 5.0 Fan Census"
Unlike his mother Majel, who passed in 2008, Rod had been an anonymous member of Trek’s First Family until unveiling the heartfelt and remarkably candid documentary Trek Nation in 2011. Rod spoke to conventioneers Friday afternoon with his friend and business partner Trevor Roth, unveiling a variety of projects to extend his family’s legacy.
The second most interesting new project from Team Roddenberry was the "Warp 5.0: Fandom’s Two-Year Trek Toward Sci-Fi’s Golden Anniversary.” Rod is kicking off the Warp 5.0 campaign with the first ever star trek "fan census" that will allow you to record your favorite Star Trek memory and listen to those of other fans around the world. The first of these are being recorded at the Vegas convention this weekend, including one recorded by Rod himself.
Wikia and Roddenberry Entertainment are teaming to allow fans from around the world to submit videos highlighting their favorite Star Trek memories. The project will continue through to a celebration of the franchise’s 50th anniversary in 2016. “We’re starting our celebration a bit early,” Rod said with a smile. More information on the project is available at TrekInitiative.Wikia.com.
Gene Roddenberry’s Grandson Makes Con Debut
The most interesting project Rod Roddenberry unveiled, however, was a bit tinier: his 1-year-old son, Zale Roddenberry, who – accompanied by his mother Heidi – made his Star Trek debut this year.
That’s one small step for a baby, one giant leap for Trek-kind.
Roddenberry Doesn’t See Trek Back On TV Until Abrams Movies Wrap
Getting off the topic of Roddenberry projects, Rod ventured into the future of the franchise his father created, Rod and speculated that Star Trek would indeed return to its roots with a new TV series. However Roddenberry doesn’t believe it will be in time for the 50th anniversary in 2016 – also the year of the release of the next Star Trek feature film. Roddenberry believes there won’t be another Trek show while the Abrams-verse is still creating new movies.
More to Come
TrekMovie is in Vegas all weekend with team coverage of the Star Trek convention. Look for more repots on panels and what else is happening in Vegas in the coming days.
In Rod We Trust.
Yeah, let’s wait until we can get JJ out of Star Trek’s system before trying another series.
Then call in Seth McFarlane, he’s got a pretty good idea of what made Star Trek work and how to kick it into high gear without making it stupid.
Don’t overlook st ST Anaxnar!
“I need your help, Number One. I just made number two.”
He’s a cutie.
lol CmdrR. Very funny.
Sadly, if Seth McFarlane gets ahold of Trek, that kind of humor is all we’d hear in the dialog.
Seth MacFarlane? Are you high? Seth may be a Trek fan, and I love his shows, but he should never be in charge of Trek in any way, ever.
Say no to MacFarlane.
Let the Axanar folks do the next Trek TV series and have it be TOS style, not iTrek.
Both Rod and Zale look like Gene. :-)
#5. Treknut – August 2, 2014
Funny, I didn’t hear MacFarlane’s Ha-ha funny joke tone in his COSMOS.
I think Seth McFarlane would play it straight. I don’t believe it would be Family Guy in outer space.
That being said, I’m seriously impressed with the guys doing Axanar. I’ve got a feeling that little production is going places.
…yes, let’s hope the JJ-verse “wraps” SOON! PLEASE!! nu-trek sucks!
Axanar on Netflix! Make it so!! =D
@10. Did you see Seth hosting the Oscars? Probably the best chance he has had his whole career to “play it straight” and he couldn’t do it there. Frankly I don’t think he is capable of “playing it straight”.
#13. Who cares – August 3, 2014
GEESH, you don’t actually think the academy hires comedians and comic actors to host because they DON’T want them to be funny? Do you?
Again, as for whether he can “play it straight”, I refer you to his COSMOS.
@Disinvited. If he had actually been funny at the Oscard that might have some bearing, but sorry “thanks for showing your boobs” is not funny, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. It was worse than Cyrus’s “twerking” show.
the baby is adorable!
“Then call in Seth McFarlane, he’s got a pretty good idea of what made Star Trek work and how to kick it into high gear without making it stupid.”
What makes you think that? Have you seen his stuff?
# 17. Jack – August 4, 2014
“ What makes you think that? Have you seen his stuff?” — Jack
I’ve watched his new COSMOS and I think some excellent Trek could be done in that vein.
The bullies hating on NuTrek need to stop going to every site to spam us with their drivel.
Star Trek’s core values are all about diversity and accepting differences etc., so anyone who goes around putting down parts of Trek rather than accepting the franchise as a whole, is NOT a true fan.
People also need to stop trying to twist the words of anyone around to try and put down the reboot. Rod’s speculations of when there might be a series one day or not, are just his guesses, and in no way justifies the haters “yeah let’s get rid of the new Trek” nonsense.
As far as a new Star Trek Television show is concerned, Robert Orci and
company made a pitch for one to the CBS Executives who turned it down,
saying they were not interested in starting a new Trek series at that time.
Remember Abrams wanted the rights to Trek and the merchandising –
concerning the latter he did not want any Star Trek merchandise out
there which came before his version of Trek. He also wanted to start
a new Trek TV series and a new Trek movie every 2 years, but the whole
deal fell through when it came down to money. So eventually Abrams
left Trek for Star Wars and got the deal for Star Wars he wanted for
Trek. He isn’t coming back to Trek as a Director any time soon.