With perfect timing, as today would have been Gene Roddenberry’s 100th birthday, Deadline just reported that a feature biopic of the Great Bird of the Galaxy is in the works. And there is already a script in place which was written by Adam Mazer, who wrote the Emmy-winning script “You Don’t Know Jack.” Rod Roddenberry, Gene’s son, will produce the biopic along with Trevor Roth who currently executive produces all of the ongoing franchise series at present.
According to his son, Gene Roddenberry led a “remarkable life,” and knowing his backstory, we would have to agree. Not only was the man a fighter pilot and a cop, but he also survived two plane crashes before breaking into Hollywood with the greatest sci-fi franchise of all time.
It’s time for Gene Roddenberry’s story to be told
Roddenberry’s son says that his father 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.” And it’s time to share the impact he had on the world as well.
So many people have Roddenberry to thank for their careers as doctors and scientists, having been inspired by a version of Star Trek. Nichelle Nichols was able to use her stardom to change the face of NASA and bring about more diversity. James Doohan helped save the life of a suicidal fan. DeForest Kelley changed the life of a devoted fan when he and his wife opened his home and heart to her. And Chase Masterson co-founded the Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition.
Many more actors of Star Trek have made monumental differences in this world, and they have Gene Roddenberry to thank for the door he opened when he created Star Trek. So, yes, it’s about time his story was told.