In this modern age, the two worlds of Star Trek and Star Wars are being brought closer together by director J.J. Abrams’ work on both these iconic franchises. But there was a time, a much darker time, when fans of either series took to the streets in bloody conflict, each claiming that his God was stronger. But regardless of whether Abrams will create peace in the stars, it looks like the debate may be over. For George Lucas himself has officially given props to Star Trek and stated that he never would have made it if it wasn’t for Gene Roddenberry’s creation.
So what exactly did the almighty master of butter sculpture have to say?
Star Trek softened up the entertainment arena so that Star Wars could come along and stand on its shoulders. There was an effective group of people in the beginning who accepted it… that it wasn’t that far out. For the studios it was way far out, [they said] ‘what is this?’, but there was a fanbase out there — primarily the Star Trek fanbase — who understood sci-fi, understood visual sci-fi, and was ready for something like this (Star Wars) to be in the feature arena.
The interview above is a smaller part of a much greater Star Trek project known as Trek Nation, a look into Rod Roddenberry’s (also known as the littlest Roddenberry) experience with the franchise created by his father. The two-DVD Trek Nation is available now and features other interviews with other famous folks, including the likes of Stan Lee and the Abrams, all chatting about Star Trek.
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.