Today I’d like to focus on not a writer, or specific film but a franchise that spans both television and film. That has engendered parodies. Massive merchandising. Conventions. And continues to re-invent itself for over 50 years.
The latest version premieres Sunday night on CBS Television and then goes to CBS streaming which is a pay service. Whether or not that business model proves to be successful is yet to be seen but there is no doubt that there is a massive amount of anticipation for the newest entry into a universe conceived by master story teller Gene Roddenberry.
Roddenberry, a successful TV writer had written dozens of episodic TV scripts for series as varied as Highway Patrol, Mr. District Attorney, I Led Three Lives, West Side, Boots and Saddles, and others. He has over 105 credits as a writer.
Frustrated at what he perceived were the limitations of what could be done on the network on issues like bi-racial relationships, political commentary, and hot button topics of the day including the highly charged Vietnam War, in 1964 Roddenberry put his interracial crew of explorers in outer space seeking new worlds of creative freedom.