- Jan 22, 2010 11:00 AM ET
A pilot by late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry has been picked up — nearly 40 years after it was originally conceived.
Roddenberry’s son, Rod Roddenberry, will team with Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment to develop The Questor Tapes, a Gene Roddenberry sci-fi pilot from the early 1970s that was never ordered to series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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“My father always felt that Questor was the one that got away,” Rod Roddenberry said. “He believed that the show had the potential to be bigger than Star Trek.”
Questor focuses on an android with incomplete memory tapes that searches for its creator and the meaning of its existence. The pilot ultimately aired as a TV movie in 1974.
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