Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, popularly known as Gene Roddenberry, was an American television screenwriter and a producer, who is renowned for having created the iconic television series ‘Star Trek’. Roddenberry’s career was a truly chequered one before he started writing scripts. He had initially been a fighter pilot with the ‘American Air Force’ during the ‘Second World War’ and then worked as a commercial pilot before taking up a job with the ‘Los Angeles Police Department’. It was during his time at the LAPD that he first started working on his scripts and some of his early works include the scripts for the shows ‘Have Gun-Will Travel’ and ‘Highway Patrol’. However, Roddenberry hit it big time when he created and produced the show ‘The Lieutenant’. His greatest creation though remains to be ‘Star Trek’, which he wrote in 1964. Roddenberry was also the producer and consultant of the ‘Star Trek Movies’ that followed and his legacy as one of the most influential producers and screenwriters was been cemented. Throughout his life, he expressed his thoughts and views on the craft of screenwriting and the ‘Star Trek’ franchise among other things on a number of occasions. Following are the famous quotes and thoughts by Gene Roddenberry that will give you a glimpse of his creative side.
'Star Trek' was an attempt to say humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in lifeforms.
'Star Trek' speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow - it's not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.
'Star Trek' says that it has not all happened, it has not all been discovered, that tomorrow can be as challenging and adventurous as any time man has ever lived.
We stress humanity, and this is done at considerable cost. We can't have a lot of dramatics that other shows get away with - promiscuity, greed, jealousy. None of those have a place in 'Star Trek.'
His name is 'Mr. Spock.' And the first view of him can be almost frightening - a face so heavy-lidded and satanic you might almost expect him to have a forked tail. Probably half Martian, he has a slightly reddish complexion and semi-pointed ears.
It is important to the typical 'Star Trek' fan that there is a tomorrow. They pretty much share the 'Star Trek' philosophies about life: the fact that it is wrong to interfere in the evolvement of other peoples, that to be different is not necessarily to be wrong or ugly.
I'd been an Army bomber pilot and fascinated by the Navy and, particularly, the story of the Enterprise, which at Midway really turned the tide in the whole war in our favor. I'd always been proud of that ship and wanted to use the name.
No, ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids - human beings built them, because they're clever and they work hard.
I remember myself as an asthmatic child, having great difficulties at 7, 8 and 9 years old, falling totally in love with 'Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle' and dreaming of having his strength to leap into trees and throw mighty lions to the ground.
It isn't all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.
'Star Trek' is a 'Wagon Train' concept - built around characters who travel to worlds 'similar' to our own, and meet the action-adventure-drama which become our stories. Their transportation is the cruiser 'S.S. Yorktown,' performing a well-defined and long-range Exploration-Science-Security mission which helps create our format.
If 'Trek' is a hit, we'd love to do a series of films - a regular event. Look at James Bond's films. They've been around since the early sixties.