Roddenberry Heirs Acquiring ‘Trek’ Interview Library18 May, 2009 By: John Latchem
Roddenberry Productions Inc., headed by CEO Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, is negotiating with Toolbox Productions to purchase a high-definition library of “Star Trek” behind-the-scenes material recorded during the past 20 years.
The 500-plus-hour library, recorded during the making of the “Trek” series “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Deep Space Nine,” “Voyager” and “Enterprise,” includes interviews, making-of footage and other material. The cost is estimated in the $2 million range.
The plan is to produce the definitive “Star Trek” video omnipedia, an interactive “A to Z” guide to the franchise’s facts, mythology and characters. The omnipedia would be hosted by Rod Roddenberry, son of the late Gene Roddenberry, who created the original “Star Trek” series in the 1960s and “The Next Generation” in the 1980s.
“This footage is a gold mine,” Roddenberry said. “With the enormous success of the new movie, now is the perfect time for us to share what made ‘Star Trek’ so special with the legions of new and old fans worldwide.”
The high-def, multipart set will feature the exclusive footage from the four spinoffs. Distribution plans will be set after the deal is signed.
“Never before have ‘Star Trek’ fans had the opportunity to own such a thorough, fun collection that will be as all-out entertaining as it is informative,” said Donald R. Beck, president and CEO of Toolbox Productions, who will serve as online producer.
The new Star Trek film grossed nearly $150 million at the domestic box office after its first two weekends in theaters.