As one of the most successful science fiction franchises in history, Star Trek has entertained fans around the world for more than half a century since its creation by Gene Roddenberry
This year marks the 50th anniversary of "Star Trek" from TV writer Gene Roddenberry
1do FORMER pilot Gene Roddenberry
drafted his first pitch for a new science fiction series in 1964.
On Trek for success: Gene Roddenberry
, left, William Shatner, seated, DeForest Kelley, centre, and Leonard Nimoy, during filming of Star Trek - The Motion Picture in 1978 MARION MCMULLEN discovers how star trek has boldly gone where no tv series has gone before Sofia Boutella as Jaylah and Simon Pegg as Scotty Nichelle Nichols as Lt Uhura in the original Star Trek series Zackary Quinto and Chris Pine in Star Trek Into Darkness in Star Trek Beyond
I recalled the meeting this week after reading about a new book about Star Trek that said the draft version for the first big screen film was turned down because creator Gene Roddenberry
wanted Captain Kirk in conflict with Jesus Christ on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.
IT was described to TV bosses as cowboys in space and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry
pitched his sci-fi series as "Wagon Train to the stars".
himself said: "One of the primary features of Star Trek that made it different from other shows was it believed that humans are improving - they will vastly improve in the 23rd century.
Originally founded in 1967 by Gene Roddenberry
, the company has since led a steady stable of science-fiction successes including Gene Roddenberry
's Earth: Final Conflict, Gene Roddenberry
's Andromeda and, most notably, Star Trek.
Shatner and Nimoy shot to fame starring in the Gene Roddenberry
TV version in the 1960s.
He said that his big break, which came in 1965 after his agent got him an audition in front of Gene Roddenberry
, broke the stereotypes and he was a "regular, visible, talking, walking, fencing presence.
The voyages of the late Gene Roddenberry
, the mastermind behind Star Trek, continue even after his death.
Can you imagine if Gene Roddenberry
had shown Star Trek to a few hundred people and then boxed it up in his basement forever?