According to Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry Jr., only son of Gene and Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Star Trek XI would have received a strong thumbs up from his father.
As reported by Mania.com, in the first part of a two-part interview, Rod Roddenberry explained that his father had been ready to hand the reins of Star Trek over to someone new. “I think he would love it,” said Roddenberry. “I think he would put his arm around J.J. [Abrams] and hand over the keys, so to speak. He would say, ‘This baby is yours.'”This belief that his father would be happy was based on an interview that was done in the Star Trek Communicator while Gene Roddenberry was still alive. “My father said, in essence, ‘I look forward to the next young writer who will come up and take steps beyond what I have done to create the next Star Trek and make it better,” said Roddenberry. “I think, in his older years, he was more than happy to pass the torch on to someone who was young, smart and able to take the next steps with it.”
Abrams is that guy, according to Roddenberry. “I think if my father had been able to get to know J.J. Abrams, he would have gladly given the reins to him.”
But Roddenberry himself isn’t 100% sure about Star Trek XI. “I just want to make sure this new film doesn’t become Star Wars,” he said. “My concern is that it will be an awesome Star Wars/sci-fi/action movie, but will lose the subtext and metaphors that were at the core of Star Trek‘s humanity. I don’t think it should go as deep as Star Trek: The Motion Picture did, but I just what to make sure the bad guy isn’t a black and white bad guy like in Star Trek: Nemesis.”
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