Roddenberry Entertainment is releasing parts of its archives containing never-before-seen Star Trek memorabilia throughout 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sci-fi franchise.
Titled “The 366 Project," the initiative will feature one piece of Trek history — rare photos, memos, script pages, documents — posted to Roddenberry Entertainment’s Facebook page each day beginning Jan. 1. In total, 366 pieces will be highlighted, including three bonus items shown below.
"We're really excited to announce as part of the Roddenberry Star Trek 50th Anniversary, we are opening the vault on never-before-seen photos, artwork and media," wrote Roddenberry Entertainment in a statement on its Facebook page. "We hope you'll join us in celebrating a man named Gene, his visions and concepts — that were so much more than just a show … they were a philosophy that became a way of life.
"Fifty years later, the community lives on, right here. And with 'The 366 Project.'"
Star Trek's 50th anniversary marks an increasingly busy time for the franchise. "Star Trek: Beyond," from director Justin Lin ("Fast & Furious 6," "Scorpion"), will warp into theaters July 22. Following that, a major convention is planned in Las Vegas in August, William Shatner will host an official Star Trek cruise in January 2017 and a new television series from CBS is on the way.
Gene Roddenberry's "Star Trek" made its television debut Sept. 8, 1966, on NBC.
Roddenberry Entertainment, the original creators of Star Trek, is a co-owner of 1701News with Nexus Media Group Inc.
An original storyboard frame from 1979’s "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" shows the USS Enterprise's docking sequence as the “sun breaks Earth’s rim.” (Image: Roddenberry Vault)
A rare look at Leonard Nimoy sitting in the makeup chair as Spock. (Image: Roddenberry Vault)
A draft of the opening narration for the "Star Trek" television series. It reads: “This is the story of the United Space Ship Enterprise. Assigned a five year patrol of our galaxy, the giant starship visits Earth colonies, regulates commerce, and explores strange new worlds and civilizations. These are its voyages … and its adventures.”
Working with series creator Gene Roddenberry, producers Robert Justman and John Black went on to fine-tune the text. (Image: Roddenberry Vault)