When the creator of “Star Trek,” legendary writer and producer Gene Roddenberry passed away in 1991, the world mourned the loss of a great man. Roddenberry’s unique vision of the future made a lasting impact on television, film, and even technology. His assets passed to his estate, whose managers recently discovered over 200 of Roddenberry’s floppy disks.
According to The Wrap, the disks were customized to be read on a computer that no longer exists. The data companies DriveSavers and eDiscovery had to design a software program that could read the data. Once they were able to read it, it took them almost a year to extract all of the files from the disks.
While DriveSavers director of engineering Mike Cobb didn’t release any information about what was contained on the disks, he did say, “2016 just happens to be the 50th anniversary of the original ‘Star Trek,’ anything could happen, the world will have to wait and see.” That sounds like there may be some previously unreleased “Star Trek” data on those disks, possibly even script ideas for future films and television series. The fact that these disks surfaced in time for the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek” sound like perfect timing.
The next film in the rebooted “Star Trek” franchise — “Star Trek Beyond” — debuts in theaters July 22, 2016. A new “Star Trek” series also lands on CBS All Access in 2017.