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Remake of Gene Roddenberry's The Questor Tapes in the works

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 24th 2010 11:30AM
Gene RoddenberryStar Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is still having his concepts used for television series. In this case it's not so much a creation as a remake. Imagine Entertainment is working with his son Rod Roddenberry to make The Questor Tapes, a series he created in 1974 which made it to the television pilot phase.

The series is about an android named Questor that is created with incomplete memory tapes. It then searches the world for its creator and purpose. A lot of the concept went into the Star Trek: the Next Generation character of Data. Maybe they could get Brent Spiner to play Questor, or would that be typecasting? I recall reading ages ago that Roddenberry originally wanted Leonard Nimoy to play Questor.

Tim Minear, who was behind The X-Files and much Joss Whedon stuff, is being pursued to produce the series. What do you think? Is it another Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda? Who should play Questor?

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The Questor Tapes was a wonderful pilot that I enjoyed in 1974 & was very disappointed it never made it to series.Now however I wouldn't be enthused about this as a remake since we did,in a way,get to see Questor for 7 seasons & in 4 motion pictures.When the producers of Star Trek:The Next Generation were putting together that show,someone suggested to Gene Roddenberry that the Questor premise could be reimagined as the android Data for Star Trek.This is exactly what they did.So to bring back this particular concept now,when we've already dealt with the android that wants to understand humanity & become human,would simply be going where we've already been.The originality & freshness is gone.I would much prefer to see a reboot of Gene's other TV pilots of Assignment:Earth & Genesis II.

January 25 2010 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the original pilot is on Youtube if anyone is curious...

I'd be much more interested in a Planet Earth series. Of all the failed Roddenberry pilots, that's my favourite.

January 25 2010 at 2:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BC McKinney

People who have not seen the original pilot movie should refrain from making silly assumptions and comments.

January 24 2010 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'll watch anything Tim Minear produces. He's not exactly churning out hits (Wonderfalls, Firefly, Dollhouse) but I've liked them all. The first Whedonverse/Roddenberryverse crossover? Frack, yeah!

January 24 2010 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Gunter

Brent Spiner would be too old at this point to play the role.An android does not age and nobody would make a 60 year old android.It would have to be someone in their 20s or 30s and pretty buff.I would expect modern updating of the details and hope that they do not copy the look of Data and instead go with a human looking android.That would make more sense for the story and allow the story to procede without it being obvious that he was an android.To me this comes across as an updated version of The Fugitive,the old tv series or maybe The Hulk,where there's an underlying story of a search for a key element plus a episode by episode individual story.

January 24 2010 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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He should play the creator.

January 24 2010 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Fine, as long as the concept is updated to today's scifi standards, eg, the use of solid-state or even organic memory rather than "memory tapes".

January 24 2010 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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