Slice of SciFi #147: Interview with Trevor Roth of Roddenberry Productions

roth1.jpgIn The News:

  • Mark Romanek walks off the set of “The Wolf Man,” but don’t fret. The director has been replaced by Joe Johnston and the shooting schedule will not be delayed.
  • Director Guillermo del Toro says that reports of the deal between him and New Line for “The Hobbit” are a bit premature. He may or may not be on board.

The International News Desk:
“Tau ming chong,” a.k.a. “The Warlords,” starring Jet Li and “Moon to” are two Asian films that have received 28 nominations between them for the Hong Kong Film Festival, Asia’s answer to the Oscars. These two films are so well written, directed and acted with budgets that match any big budget epic from the West that many critics are asking why they have been ignored by the Academy Awards.

Review #1: Greg begins a new segment for our show that will look at sci-fi themed video games. This week’s review is about the game “Half Life 2.”

Movie Talk:

  • Anna Friel, the Golden Globe nominated actress from ABC’s new hit series “Pushing Daisies,” will be starring opposite Will Farrell for the small screen to big screen adaptation of the Sid & Marty Krofft live-action series “Land of the Lost.”
  • Ray Bradbury will be supervising the big screen production of one of his great sci-fi classic short stories first published in 1946. “Chrysalis” will be coming to the big screen. This sci-fi ecological thriller has an all-star cast and comes from Urban Archipelago Films.

Review 2: Tossus from Germany takes a second look at the intelligent, but short-lived series “Wonder Falls.”

TV Talk:

  • George Lucas has revealed one of his new characters for the upcoming CG-animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” television series due to air this fall.
  • Good news for “Doctor Who” fans. The fourth series of the hit TV show will begin airing on the SCI FI Channel in April, just a few weeks behind the U.K. showing. Also coming to SCI FI Channel this season are Elisabeth Sladen’s new show “The Sarah Jane Adventures,” and Amanda Tapping’s online hit series “Sanctuary.”

Interview: Trevor Roth, producer, friend and business partner with Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry talks about all the new things happening at Roddenberry Productions. This company is an extension of what “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry began over 40 years ago. It will continue to bring smart, intelligent and entertaining sci-fi programming of all types to fans using today’s advanced technologies and every kind of new media format available.

Future Talk: Sadly, Robert Englund will not be reprising his role of Freddy for the new “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake. But don’t shed any tears for Robert. He will be plenty busy over the next several years, not only acting, but producing and directing as well.

Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know. Keep your comments brief, or funny, and maybe you’ll hear your message on the voicemail show! See you next week with fresh new content.

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  1. fred says

    Yea of little force faith. When you find out that, much like Luke, to-be-known-as-Darth has the hots for the young jedi who will later be revealed as being his sister, the whole he is not a master jedi thing will tie in a masterful Lost like stroke.

    Or it could be the beeping from the money truck backing up was so loud that “jawa on a stripper pole” was misheard as Ani hooks up with the nice version of Mara Jade.

  2. says

    An alternate universe Star Wars might not be such a bad idea. Anyone remember the comic book miniserieses (what is the plural for miniseries?) Infinities, which was basically just the Star Wars equivalent of Marvel’s What If…? series? One of my favorite moments was in the A New Hope one whne Yoda was able to hijack the Death Star. :-)

  3. says

    Actually Star Trek set the precedent back in 1973 of taking a canonized live-action show when it launched Star Trek the Animated Series. Paramount (who produced both the live-action and animated series) and many hard-core Trekkers still do not acknowledge that animated series as canon even though it used all the original actors to do the voices and used many of the TOS scribes to write the cartoon’s scripts.

    Therefore, Lucas and Lucasfilm LTD can also go with a Star Wars animated series that may take some liberty with film canon and offer it up for entertainment purposes without giving it full canon status.

  4. says

    Yeah I remember the cartoon. Some of those episodes were actually really good. I liked how M’Ress and um, the Triaxian guy showed up again in New Frontier.

    I was simply referring to alternate Star Wars. I wonder if they’ll ever do Infinities books for the prequels.

  5. says

    Gang… Michael Stackpole and I have had this conversation many time on Dragon Page Cover to Cover.

    George is very good at upsetting the sandbox. He does not care about anything built in his universe that did not come from his head, and even then, he’ll step on his own cannon to make something new.

    Step away from the crack pipe George………

  6. says

    It wasn’t a BBC article, but one from the L.A. Times during an interview he gave them.

    — This job is made easier by Davies’ policy of ignoring the voices of those most vigilant. “I think we’re an unusual science-fiction franchise in taking a very big step back from fandom and having nothing to do with them. . . . Every program on the BBC has a message board on the website. I forbid it to happen on ‘Doctor Who.’ I’m sorry to say this, all the science fiction producers making stuff in America, they are way too engaged with their fandom. They all need to step back.”

    You can find it at the following link:,1,2911317.story?ctrack=1&cset=true