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CBS Officially Brings Roddenberry Back Into Star Trek

Rod Roddenberry, business partner Trevor Roth will join new series

Outside of Majel Barrett Roddenberry’s continued involvement in the Star Trek franchise leading up to her death, it was rare to see anyone from creator Gene Roddenberry’s family taking part in what the Great Bird created.

But that will change with Star Trek: Series VI after CBS Corp. announced that Gene and Majel’s son, Rod Roddenberry, along with his business partner Trevor Roth, will join next year’s series as executive producers.

“Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, left a finely feathered nest for all who love Star Trek to enjoy,” showrunner Bryan Fuller said in a statement, according to StarTrek.com. “And 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, a co-founder of 1701News.com (along with Roth) and chief executive of Roddenberry Entertainment, has long been an advocate for Star Trek fans, and pushing for later versions of the franchise to follow his father’s popular philosophies when it comes to the future space-exploration venture. Roddenberry Entertainment was a partner in 1701News, but spun off the site to fellow partner Nexus Media Group this week ahead of the announcement.

“Moral dilemmas, human issues, complex characters and a genuine sense of optimism: These are the cornerstones of Star Trek, and are what have made it such an influential and beloved franchise for the last 50 years,” Roddenberry said, in a statement. While I will always be humbled by its legacy and the legions of fans whoa re 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 tenants of Star Trek’s legacy, while bringing it to audiences in a new era, and on a contemporary platform.”

The new series, which is set to bow in January 2017, will appear on the subscription-based online streaming platform CBS All Access. The studio has worked hard to bring all factions of fandom together behind the series project, with Fuller (a “Star Trek: Voyager” alum), Alex Kurtzman (who helped write 2009’s “Star Trek” and 2013’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness”), and most recently bringing in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” co-writer and director Nicholas Meyer. Roddenberry likely represents his father’s legacy, which dates back to the very creation of the franchise.

Roddenberry’s past credits include “Earth: Final Conflict,” “White Room 02B3,” and the documentary “Trek Nation.” Roth also worked on “White Room” as well as “Trek Nation.”

Casting is expected to begin in the summer, with principal photography anticipated for fall.

Source: StarTrek.com

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