Star Trek fans know that creator Gene Roddenberry had lots of ideas for other sci-fi shows, including one called The Questor Tapes, about an android who searches for his creator to fill in the gaps in his memory tapes.
The proposed series never made it to TV except as a 1974 television movie/pilot co-written by original Trek producer Gene L. Coon and starring Robert Foxworth, but it was widely believed to have been the inspiration for the character of Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Well, now comes news that Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Television is partnering with the company run by Roddenberry's son, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry Jr., to develop Questor again as a TV show, with
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Angel/Firefly/Dollhouse producer Tim Minear.
"My father always felt that Questor was the one that got away," Rod Roddenberry said in the official announcement. "He believed that the show had the potential to be bigger than Star Trek."
Following is the official announcement. And check out the image above of Majel and Gene Roddenberry on the set of the original Questor.
What do you think of this? Could it be the next Star Trek?
Roddenberry Productions in Development with Imagine Entertainment on Classic Gene Roddenberry Pilot "The Questor Tapes"
Roddenberry Believed Questor could have been Bigger than Star Trek
(Los Angeles, CA: January 20, 2010) - CEO of Roddenberry Productions Rod Roddenberry announced today that Roddenberry Productions has entered into a deal with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Television to develop the Gene Roddenberry pilot "The Questor Tapes." The announcement was made at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame induction ceremony where Rod Roddenberry accepted the posthumous honor, presented by Seth MacFarlane, on his father's behalf.
"The Questor Tapes" was originally conceived as a television series pilot about an android with incomplete memory tapes who searches for his creator and his purpose. The pilot ultimately aired as a 1974 television movie.
"My father always felt that Questor was the one that got away," said Rod Roddenberry. "He believed that the show had the potential to be bigger than Star Trek."
Rod Roddenberry will develop the project along with Roddenberry Productions COO Trevor Roth and Imagine Television's President David Nevins and EVP of Development Robin Gurney. The team is currently in negotiations with writer, producer and show runner Tim Minear (Lois & Clark, The X-Files, Angel, Dollhouse) to produce.
More information regarding Questor, including a photo of Gene and Majel Roddenberry on the original set as well as an excerpt from Gene's initial description of the Questor character, can be found at www.roddenberry.com. For upcoming news, follow Roddenberry Productions on Twitter at http://twitter.com/RoddenberryProd and friend "Roddenberry Prod" on Facebook.
About Roddenberry Productions
Roddenberry Productions is a science-fiction leader with a tradition of groundbreaking entertainment and quality merchandise. 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, the Star Trek brand. Roddenberry Productions continues to produce entertainment for all audiences, employing a viewer-centric creative process and resulting in insightful visions of humanity.
Its merchandising business is based on quality and authenticity providing memorabilia for fans in today's new multimedia generation. Roddenberry Productions has set itself apart by creating content that surpasses mere entertainment; it acknowledges the intelligence of audiences by challenging them to think, question and explore the world, and those potentially beyond. Recent Roddenberry comic book series Days Missing will be released as a graphic novel in February 2010.
About Imagine Entertainment
Imagine Television was founded by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and is run by Imagine Television President, David Nevins. The company's television programs have been honored with more than 50 prestigious awards including 36 Emmy® awards.
Current programming includes Fox's hit Golden Globe and Emmy® award winning Best Drama Series 24; NBC's Peabody Award winning series Friday Night Lights; Fox's Lie To Me; and NBC's new drama Parenthood which premieres March 2010.
Other television programs include Fox's Emmy® award winning Best Comedy Arrested Development; CBS's Shark; NBC's Miss Match; WB's Felicity; ABC's SportsNight; and HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, which won the Emmy® for Outstanding Mini-Series.