The new Star Trek series keeps adding to the production team, and so far fan reaction has been predominately positive, especially with the news that Star Trek II director Nicholas Meyer had joined the team.
Now, Star Trek once again involves a Roddenberry, as Rod Roddenberry and his business partner Trevor Roth have come on board as executive producers.
Rod is the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and his wife, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who played Number One, Nurse Christine Chapel, and Lwaxana Troi in the various iterations of Trek.
“Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, left a finely feathered nest for all who love Star Trek to enjoy,” Bryan Fuller said in a statement. “And it is only fitting that Rod Roddenberry and Roddenberry Entertainment join our new Trek adventure to ensure that his father’s legacy of hope for the future and infinite diversity in infinite combinations runs through our tales as Gene Roddenberry intended.”
The second generation Roddenberry is the president of Roddenberry Entertainment, which has produced a number of projects including Andromeda, Earth: Final Conflict, several short films, and graphic novels. Roth is the Chief Operating Officer.
“Moral dilemmas, human issues, complex characters, and a genuine sense of optimism: These are the cornerstones of Star Trek and are what have made it such an influential and beloved franchise for the last 50 years,” Roddenberry said. “While I will always be humbled by its legacy and the legions of fans who are its guardians, it’s a genuine honor to be joining a team of imaginative and incredibly capable individuals whose endeavor it is to uphold the tenants of Star Trek’s legacy while bringing it to audiences in a new era and on a contemporary platform.”
The new series, which CBS says will not be connected to the current movies, will launch on CBS All Access in 2017. Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman, and Heather Kadin are executive producers, with Nicholas Meyer as writer and consulting producer.