The Daily Scrapbook: 8/23/13 (1977) — Roddenberry Projects

Here’s today’s flashback:  New Roddenberry Projects from Media Spotlight Magazine.  Gene discusses his latest projects and (at this point in 1977) the speculation and early pre-production regarding a possible Star Trek film.  It notes that the first outlines  which were written by such sci-fi notables  as Robert Silverberg, Harlan Ellison, Theodore Sturgeon, Dick Simmons and Chris Knopf were rejected by Paramount, just as they had rejected Gene’s original outline.  I think this initial action is what caused the first movie to be less Star Trek and more Hollywood.  Paramount dropped the ball here, rejecting the Trek creator and others who knew Trek well.  I can only imagine that a script from one of these authors, and direction by Philip Kaufman (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) might have been more true to the spirit of the original.                                                                                                                                And being  Media Spotlight,  the article  naturally features artwork and photos of the original series that have nothing to do with the article’s content!  (Ah, they were such a fanzine!)

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