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…
“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. (The Questor character became the inspiration for Data, one of the most compelling characters in Star Trek: The Next Generation.) (via Roddenberry)
With so many of us out there searching for who we are and what our purpose is in life The Questor Tapes has a lot of potential to resonate with audiences. Gene Roddenberry felt “that the show had the potential to be bigger than Star Trek.” I can see the potential in it but as Dollhouse has shown us there will be two main obstacles to overcome to get bigger then Star Trek with this theme. First, the delivery will have to be subtle but not too subtle or else the audiences won’t get what is really being addressed. Secondly, getting the major broadcasters to play ball.
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