CBS has beamed aboard two more luminary names for its new ‘Star Trek’ series.  First Nicholas Meyer, the director of ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan’ agreed to direct, now two more major names have signed on as executive producers: Rod Roddenberry, the son of ‘Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry; and Trevor Roth, the COO of Roddenberry Entertainment.

They join Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin and Bryan Fuller, who are also exec producing.

In a statement, Fuller expressed:

“Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, left a finely feathered nest for all who love ‘Star Trek’ to enjoy.  It is only fitting that Rod Roddenberry and Roddenberry Entertainment join our new Trek adventure to ensure that his father’s legacy of hope for the future and infinite diversity in infinite combinations runs through our tales as Gene Roddenberry intended.”

Roddenberry added:

“While I will always be humbled by its legacy and the legions of fans who are its guardians, it’s a genuine honor to be joining a team of imaginative and incredibly capable individuals whose endeavor it is to uphold the tenets of ‘Star Trek’’s legacy while bringing it to audiences in a new era and on a contemporary platform.”

The new, as-yet-untitled ‘Star Trek’ series takes place in the same continuity of the current film series.  Thee pilot episode will air on CBS, but the remainder of the series will only be available on CBS’ new streaming service CBS All Access.

Rod Roddenberry has also produced the 2011 documentary ‘Trek Nation’ and the fan series ‘Star Trek: New Voyages’.

Not much else is known about the new show.  ‘Candyman’ star Tony Todd stated that he was in the running for a role in the show.  Todd previously appeared as Worf’s brother Karn, Alpha Hirogen and an adult Jake Sisquo on previous ‘Trek’ shows.

Do the inclusion of Roddenberry and Roth make you more excited about this new series?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter