On the centennial of Gene Roddenberry’s birth comes word of a film project based on The Great Bird’s life.
Deadline Hollywood first reported (later confirmed by Variety) that a biopic about Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is in development at Roddenberry Entertainment. A script has been written by Emmy-winner Adam Mazer (best known for HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack).
The project is being produced by a team that includes Gene’s son, Rod, and his producing partner Trevor Roth. Rod and Trevor also share executive producer credit on all current Paramount+ Star Trek Universe projects, starting with Star Trek: Discovery. In a statement the pair said:
“Gene led a remarkable life. He was an incredibly complex, compelling man, whose work changed the face of television, and whose ideas changed the world. It’s time to share Gene’s story with audiences everywhere.”
Roddenberry’s life certainly has the makings of a good movie. He was a decorated World War II veteran who flew missions in the South Pacific, became a commercial airline pilot who survived two plane crashes, and was a member of the LAPD. He eventually moved into screenwriting, working on shows like Have Gun – Will Travel, Dr. Kildare, The Virginian, and many others during the heyday of broadcast television. He eventually moved into producing, and in 1966, Star Trek premiered on NBC, eventually becoming one of the most famous television shows in history and turning Roddenberry into a larger-than-life figure. He followed that up with the feature films and eventually returned to television, creating Star Trek: The Next Generation before passing away in 1991.
According to Variety, the producers are currently in search of a director and cast. There are no details available on financing or distribution for the project.
This would not be the first time Rod Roddenberry developed a film about this father. In 2010 he produced the documentary Trek Nation, which explored Gene’s influence on the world. (see trailer below).
Gene’s 100th birthday has been celebrated today by Star Trek and beyond.
“The human race is a remarkable creature, one with great potential, and I hope that 'Star Trek' has helped to show us what we can be if we believe in ourselves and our abilities.”
— The Roddenberry Foundation (@RoddenberryFdn) August 19, 2021
Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Gene @Roddenberry on what would have been his 100th birthday.
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) August 19, 2021
It’s August 19th, the 100th anniversary of the birth of @startrek creator, #GeneRoddenberry ! Here is my tribute – – in honor of #gene100 #gr100 #roddenberry #Roddenberry100 – – in song. And it’s a song Gene wrote! https://t.co/q2lrAoW8lp pic.twitter.com/mXgfNElJM5
— Robert Picardo (@RobertPicardo) August 19, 2021
In @StarTrek, Gene Roddenberry showed a future where individuals from different backgrounds work together to explore, something we strive to do today with you. Join us in celebrating his 100th birthday by posting a Vulcan salute selfie tagged #Roddenberry100. 🖖 pic.twitter.com/jDAVpzJkiH
— NASA (@NASA) August 18, 2021
Mission Control celebrates the Gene Roddenberry centennial: Today on the big world map in Mission Control, the icon representing the International Space Station was temporarily replaced with Gene's most famous creation. (Look at the vehicle over Indonesia.) Via William Foster. pic.twitter.com/3J9kSroM4D
— Michael Okuda (@MikeOkuda) August 19, 2021
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