TATV 70s V1V2V3 Set
Autographed by the author
Volume One (1970-1975), published in 2019, covers Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek rebounding from the series’ cancelation. Roddenberry busied himself in a flurry of projects – Pretty Maids All in a Row; Genesis II; The Questor Tapes; and Planet Earth; and Star Trek: The Animated Series, all documented in great detail in this kick-off volume.
Volume Two (1976-77) now covers Roddenberry’s career after the end of Star Trek: The Animated Series, as he continued to create properties for television (Spectre, and “Battleground: Earth”) and the big screen (“The Nine”). During this time, Paramount Studios reaped millions from Star Trek licensing, and finally turned to Roddenberry to write a script for a big-screen motion picture, “Star Trek II.” The studio execs bristled at his story ideas (which we present fully for you). The studio solicited proposals from several other science fiction and Star Trek writers before settling on a team of British screenwriters with no experience in the genre. Two years passed while Paramount dithered over finding a story “big enough,” before choosing to aim for the small screen. In 1977, the studio asked Roddenberry to create a new Trek for television. The saga of “Star Trek – Phase II” is laid out for you in unprecedented detail, including the stories readied for the show, the drama behind the scene, and the projects ultimate cut-off – to make way for Star Trek – The Motion Picture. The script intended to launch “Phase II,” “In Thy Image,” would go on to serve as the story for Star Trek – The Motion Picture.
Volume Three picks up the story and gives full focus to the development and production of Star Trek – The Motion Picture. Locked into a release date by the studio, Roddenberry and his colleagues scrambled to complete the script, film the movie, and battle a steady stream of problems regarding the making of the special effects, as the company hired by Paramount failed to complete the ambitious sequences and other effects veterans rushed to save the film.
Utilizing Gene Roddenberry’s private papers, period media reports, and interviews with Trek stars and crew – many never before published – author Marc Cushman unwinds the hard-to-believe true story of the voyages of Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek in the 1970s.
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