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With all his projects (like starring in a new sitcom on CBS or hosting two shows on the Bio Channel) you would think William Shatner had enough to do, but you would be wrong. Today Canada’s Movie Central Channel announced they are producing a new feature-length documentary about William Shatner, to be directed by William Shatner! More details below.
Shatner To Direct "The Captains" Doc all about Shatner
Today at the Banff World Television Festival, Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) announced they were partnering with William Shatner’s production company Melis Productions and Ballinran Productions Limited to produce "The Captains" (working title), a feature length documentary on the life of William Shatner.
Here is the official description of "The Captains"
A feature documentary following the life and career of William Shatner, The Captains will explore Shatner’s Montreal roots and his early career in Stratford, Ontario, as well as the extraordinary change in circumstances caused by the serendipitous casting for the role of Captain James T. Kirk. The film will be directed by Shatner, who will also executive produce with David Zappone and Craig Thompson.
"The Captains" is scheduled to start production in July for broadcast in winter 2011 on Movie Central.
In addition to the deal for "The Captains", Movie Central also picked up the Canadian broadcast rights for the Shatner documentary "Gonzo Ballet". The doc about the ballet based on Shatner’s "Has Been" musical collaboration with Ben Folds will air this fall.
No word yet on if or when these projects will air in the US or other countries.
William Shatner re-climbing that mountain + time for Star Trek V update?
William Shatner is no stranger to the director’s chair. Shatner has directed a number of TV episodes, starting with TJ Hooker back in the 80s. He has also starred and directed the 2002 Sci-Fi Channel movie Groom Lake, which he also co-wrote. But “The Captains” will be Shatner’s first time directing a documentary, although he has had a experience in both producing and hosting documentaries in the past.
Of course, Shatner’s biggest challenge was his double-duty in the captain’s chair and director’s chair for the 1989 film Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. A critical and box-office disappointment, Shatner has often contended that he did not have enough time or money to make the film he had envisioned. And there is even a new fan campaign being spearheaded by TrekWeb to give Shatner the chance to finally make his director’s cut.
On the subject of Star Trek V, it seems a good opportunity to once again share this brilliant mashup/remix of a special feature from the Star Trek V DVD (see below). Let’s hope his new documentary provides something just as entertaining.