A biopic about Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is in the works. Roddenberry’s signature creation, a utopian sci-fi series set in the 23rd Century aboard the galaxy-roaming Starship Enterprise, hit TV screens in 1966. At the time no one could have predicted the show, which lasted only three seasons, would spawn a huge entertainment franchise encompassing multiple TV series, movies, books and every other imaginable form of media (many of which did not even exist in 1966).
On the occasion of the late Roddenberry’s 100th birthday it was revealed that Roddenberry Productions is currently developing a feature biopic about the renowned Star Trek creator (via Deadline). You Don’t Know Jack writer Adam Mazer has penned the script and the search is reportedly underway for cast and director.
Roddenberry was born in 1921 in El Paso and grew up in Los Angeles. He became a combat pilot during WWII and later a commercial pilot, then joined the LAPD. He served as a freelance writer for a time before creating Star Trek in 1964. He was still involved in the day-to-day in the world of Trek by the arrival of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987 but stepped away after season 1. He passed away in 1991 at the age of 70.
Star Trek of course lives on to this day with multiple streaming series either underway or coming soon. Star Trek: Discovery is heading into its fourth season on Paramount+, while Star Trek: Picard is heading into season 2. The animated Star Trek: Lower Decks is also in its second season. Upcoming projects include Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Starfleet Academy, Star Trek: Prodigy, Section 31 and perhaps even another Star Trek movie.