Shatner’s ‘Get A Life!’ Doc Premiering at Comic Con + on EPIX Channel July 28

JJ Abrams may not be bringing his latest Star Trek project to Comic-con, but William Shatner is. The EPIX Chanel is sending Bill to San Diego Comic-con for a panel on his new Trek fan documentary "Get a Life!" which will also be screened for the first time. The documentary will premiere later in July on the EPIX chanel. More details plus exclusive first image below.


Shatner’s "Get A Life!" Premièring at Comic Con on July 14 + on EPIX Channel July 28

On July 14th the EPIX chanel hosts a panel with William Shatner and legendary cult-film maker Roger Corman, moderated by director Kevin Smith. Shatner is there to talk about his documentary "Get a Life!" and Corman is there for his new movie "Roger Corman’s Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader."

Following the panel on July 14, both William Shatner and Roger Corman will each introduce screenings to their new films at Comic-Con: the EPIX Original Documentary William Shatner’s Get a Life! at 7PM and EPIX Original Movie Roger Corman’s Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader in 3D at 12AM at Reading Cinemas.

Both Shatner and Corman’s films will be premiering later in the summer on the EPIX channel. Here is the official blurb for Shatner’s documentary:

William Shatner’s Get a Life! – Premiering July 28 at 8pm EST

Based on Shatner’s hugely popular book, this film examines the mystery, longevity and the cultural phenomena of Star Trek and its long-obsessed fans known as “Trekkers.” On the surface, the film is an exploration of strangers who have for years attended conventions which looked foolish and almost laughable to some – but Shatner discovers the many secrets and hidden motives behind these individuals’ compulsion to attend these events. The end result is a film that reveals a fun and touching side of the fanfare surrounding Star Trek, and examines the thrill of what’s happening at these fantasy conventions and the enduring popularity of the film and TV series as Shatner further embraces his role as Captain James T. Kirk and his own impact.

EPIX also sent TrekMovie this image from the documentary, shot at last year’s Las Vegas Star Trek convention:

Shot from Shatner’s "Get a Life!" documentary

If you don’t (or can’t) get the EPIX channel, you can see Shatner’s doc and everything else they offer with a free 2-week trial ( However, you shouldn’t sign up for the trial until at least two weeks before the premiere on July 28th. 

NOTE for Canadian readers. This same documentary will be airing in Canada under the name "Fan Addicts." We will provide an update when we have more details on when and where you will be able to see it.

Like we did for for Shatner’s "The Captains" documentary on Epix last summer, TrekMovie will be providing updates and previews of this new Star Trek-themed doc. So stay tuned.

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why is it “Fan Addicts” for Canadians?

must be some copyright thing

Hope this comes to Netflix quickly, like “The Captains” did.

So Fan Addicts/Get a Life? are one and the same?
I was at the VegasCon last year when Shatner was filming this all 4 days of the con.

Sorry for the second post, but that picture is from the Rio convention area.
That’s how I know this is from the VegasCon.
And they were calling this Fan Addicts when they were filming.

Oh I see the article mentions the Vegas convention.
My mistake.

How embarrassing for the Supreme Court that Shatner upstages them 10 months before the new movie comes out.

Too bad Q never appeared in Generations.

He could have reinforced that rickety bridge.

People who think Star Trek fans are ‘foolish and almost laughable’ have obviously never been to a Grateful Dead concert.

I can only assume Canadians don’t need to get a life. Lucky them! :)

Shatner sure got a LOT of mileage from that old SNL sketch from 1986 (a book and a documentary). Wonder if he pays those writers royalties.

What you have to understand is that Canada (along with the UK) is ULTRA Politically-Correct;

Using the term ‘get a life’ might upset somebody somewhere, resulting in 6 months of therapy…

So it seems that once again captain Kirk has to leave retirement to save the franchise from total oblivion just in time with no support at all!

Think Abrams will thank him for it? Not a chance, not even so much as a cameo. The more I think about it, the more I think how unfair it is.

Kirk, you’re still the true hero here! :)

Whoops, I actually meant to say ‘mr. Shatner’ in that last sentence. ;)

11. Pleasure Girl 1990

Canadians are ULTRA politically correct??? You haven’t visited in a while, have you?

@#6 – A documentary at Comic Con and EPIX compared to a multi-thousand screen wide opening with IMAX and multi-platform advertising (magazines, trailers, tv spots, internet sites, etc)?

Not my definition of upstaging.

I remember Shat and his crew whipping past me at the Las Vegas con, and I was shocked how *short* he is…

Ahhh, when there is money to be made, Shat loves trek and the fans. Just don’t bother him with it while the camera is off or there is no money to be had. Gotta love the Shat.

Wonder if the film will have another one of those self reflection “”I love Trek…for now” moments that he seems to adopt as a theme in the books/films.

“People who think Star Trek fans are ‘foolish and almost laughable’ have obviously never been to a Grateful Dead concert.”

Or seen a football game — basketball game — hockey match — etc.

Good to know that the ‘Trek’ fans at this con will have *some kind* of franchise presence there to keep them going.

‘Prime’ Kirk saves the day.

Just to go off topic for a sec: anyone remember when Frakes went on Arsenio Hall and said how right that skit was about trekkies and he got in so much crap he to make a public apology?

yeh maybe shats new doc will have a shot of him showing how he cares with a brave and dedicated special trek fan…whle the cameras on him anyway… many times will shat milk more money n xposure by making yet another trek fan doc….hey bill once or twice is enuf—follow denise crosbys lead will ya—

@#16&20: What’s so bad about getting paid for your efforts? Do you think all artists should work for free? At least he strives to entertain while he’s on any Q&A, which I can’t say for every other Star Trek actor. Anyone who takes the effort to sign autographs for 4 hours straight and entertain an audience at age 81 deserves some respect and compensation for that!

@15. You are missing my point. I was referring to Shatner upstaging JJ at ComiCon…since JJ won’t even be there to over Trek 2013..

Mr. Shatner’s energy and vitality is awesome for anyone at any age, but people how man 81 yrs odl are that good.

Bring it on, Bill! :)

Nothin against shat fer gettin paid except perhaps his love hate relationship with trek n fans….make fun one min….make another doc n sales pitch to fans the next…and how many similiar fan docs will he make…is there something new he is learning or showing…just askin…