A documentary about William Shatner — the star of “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “TJ Hooker,” and “Boston Legal” — is in the works and will be filmed with the blessing and collaboration of Shatner himself, according to the Entertainment Trade paper diversity. The documentary is produced by Legion M and Exhibit A images. Shatner has written several memoirs, including Get a Life, Star Trek Memories, Star Trek Movie Memories, Up Til Now, and Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man, but the upcoming one is untitled film will be the first documentary dedicated to him and his career.
“For years, people have approached me to do a documentary about my life, but I turned them all down because it didn’t feel right,” Shatner said in a statement shared by Variety on July 1, 2022. “When I heard Legion M want to engage the audience, it was perfect. Fans have been responsible for my career – it only seems right that they should own this document.”
The untitled film will be the first documentary film dedicated to Shatner’s life and career
Leonard Nimoy, Grace Lee Whitney and William Shatner in an early Star Trek promotional photo.
According to Variety, the film will be directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, a veteran documentary filmmaker whose credits include “Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water,” “The People vs. George Lucas,” “Doc of the Dead,” according to the Internet Movie Database. 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene” and “Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist”. Legion M describes itself as “the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company”. According to the About Us page on their website, “Legion M partners with the finest Hollywood creators – from independent filmmakers to major Hollywood studios – to produce a range of films, television shows and digital content. We’re also the first media company in history designed for fan ownership. We are applying disruptive new crowdfunding laws that allow people to invest as little as $100 to own part of the business.”
The Legion M site also added one summary the Shatner documentation. It states: “From make-believe spaceship captain to real rocketman, William Shatner has lived one of the most unique and best-lived lives on the planet. And while actor William Shatner may be recognizable around the world, the man behind the masks is even more interesting than the iconic roles he has played.”
According to Variety, the 91-year-old actor will present footage from the documentary at first glance during a panel in Hall H that will be held during Comic-Con International, which will be held in San Diego in July 2022. Actor and director Kevin Smith, whose credits are loud Internet Movie Databaseincluding “Clerks”, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”, “The Flash” and “Supergirl”, will moderate the panel.
Philippe told Variety, “I grew up watching Bill Shatner on a black and white TV in Switzerland. My first memories of him are from Columbo and The Twilight Zone. He is a modern renaissance man. ubiquitous. Inevitable. This intimate film will shed light on little-known and seldom-seen aspects of Bill’s career and philosophy, while also reexamining some of his most iconic roles and cultural moments through a brand new lens.”
Legion M co-founders Paul Scanlan and Jeff Annison also issued a statement to Variety about the project. It states: “…William Shatner has lived one of the most unique and best-lived lives on the planet. While we all know him from his iconic roles, the REAL William Shatner is even more interesting. We are delighted to be working with Alexandre and the world-class team at Exhibit A, and look forward to giving fans around the world the opportunity to be a part of Bill’s legacy.”
Shatner will be attending several conventions this summer
The documentary is just one of many projects and activities on Shatner’s schedule. Despite approaching the age of 92, he shows no signs of slowing down. According to the “Bill’s performances” page on its official website, Shatner will be appearing at several conventions this summer, including the Ticonderoga Summer Event at the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour in Ticonderoga, New York; Imaginarium Tampa Convention 2022 in Tampa, Florida; Galaxy Con Raleigh 2022 in Raleigh, NC; and Creation Entertainment’s 56-year mission in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Also on the way is Shatner’s next book, Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder, which the book says will be published by Atria/Simon and Schuster on October 4, 2022 official page on the Simon and Schuster website. A summary on the website reads: “Beloved star of ‘Star Trek’, youngest space traveler and living legend William Shatner reflects on the interconnectedness of all things, our fragile connection with nature and the joy that comes from exploring this inspiring cause , insightful and exciting collection of essays.”
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