It’s the second-highest grossing Star Trek movie of all time, even adjusted for inflation. But how did J.J. Abrams’ 2009 installment of “Star Trek” measure up to the Roddenberry philosophy?
“I actually like the movie. I think J.J. Abrams did a great job,” Rod Roddenberry told Reddit readers during a live event Monday. “The first 10 minutes of the 2009 ‘Star Trek’ brought me to tears — and it still does every time.”
On whether or not to accept the films has kept fandom “split,” Roddenberry said, but not when it comes to protecting the vision of his father, “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry.
“I’m less critical and realize that no one but me will ever replace or duplicate the work of GR,” Roddenberry said of his father “As long as there are still messages and they are still talking about a better future for humanity, it’s still Star Trek.”
Roddenberry conducted the live event to promote his latest production from Roddenberry Entertainment, the 360-degree movie “White Room: 02B3.” The film recently became available on mobile platforms like Apple iTunes and Google Play. But, of course, readers were far more interested in Roddenberry’s connection with Star Trek, and how the franchise has influenced his life.
“I am trying to carry on the vision in my own way with our entertainment projects, our philanthropy projects, and through Roddenberry Adventures,” he said. “Honestly, we work in all those areas, but my personal passions probably lean more towards the philanthropic side — maybe that’s the voice of my father’s visions playing out in me.”
The biggest question out there is whether Star Trek will ever return to television. This year marked the 10th year since the most recent series, “Star Trek: Enterprise,” was pulled off the air.
“Absolutely, and it will happen,” said Roddenberry, whose company is a partner in 1701News. “Not because I know something you don’t. I just know it’s money for a studio.”
There will be some issues once a new series comes out, however. Basically, will it have the same message that Star Trek has had in the past, or would it be more of a hybrid between Star Trek and Star Wars.
“The messaging is the key component,” Roddenberry said.
Roddenberry is gearing up for next year’s 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and says he already has “cool stuff” in the works.
“For me, it’s not just celebrating the past 50 years, but trying to figure out how we’re going to make the next 50 years even more spectacular,” Roddenberry said. “Of course, this all starts after I see the next Star Wars movie in December.”
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