Re: "The Cage" Original Version
Once it was rejected, Roddenberry considered shooting more material to expand it into a theatrical film, but ended up cutting up the color master of the pilot to turn it into the "Menagerie" 2-parter, which is why the only "intact" version of the pilot that survived was Roddenberry's B&W print.
An interesting "What If?" here! What if The Cage
had been released as a movie in theaters and become successful? Would Roddenberry have just gone on to do more movies, or would he have continued to pursue Star Trek
as a TV series? what would a series of Star Trek
movies in the mid to late 60s have looked like?
It may have been something like the old Dr. Who movies, inspired by the show but ultimately unconnected to it.
"Beep... beep!" --Captain Pike