The long-anticipated Star Trek: Deep Space Nine documentary What We Left Behind is headed to theaters for a one-night event in May.
On the big screen May 13
Last month it was announced that producers of What We Left Behind had signed a distribution deal with Shout! Factory which would include a theatrical release in addition to the previously planned streaming and Blu-ray releases. We now know that this theatrical release component will be a one-night event on Monday, May 13th, at theaters across the USA.
Born from a crowdfunding campaign that exceeded expectations, What We Left Behind is now a 2 hour and 10 minute documentary complete with extensive interviews with the cast and creatives of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which broke new ground for the franchise in many ways with a darker, edgier take on Star Trek told through more serialized storytelling. The show wrapped its seventh and final season in 1999, but has found a new audience in the last decades on home video and especially via streaming.
What We Left Behind was directed by DS9 showrunner Ira Steven Behr and produced by David Zappone (The Captains, For the Love of Spock). It will offer an in-depth view of the making of Deep Space Nine as well as including brand-new animated storyboards “showing what could have been and what still might be” based on concepts created by reconvening the writers’ room to envision an eighth season for the series. Much of the final work over the last months for the documentary has been focused on remastering clips from the original show into high definition.
Tickets on sale April 12
The theatrical release of What We Left Behind is being handled by Fathom Events, the same company who put together the 35th-anniversary screenings of Star Trek II in 2017. The one-night event has not yet been officially announced, so more details should be coming shortly and some of the details reported here may change. According to the Fathom website, those attending the screening will receive an exclusive two-sided poster (11×17, limited quantities), there’s also bonus content: the screening will include a roundtable discussion on the making of the documentary.
Tickets go on sale on April 12th at the Fathom Website. You may also be able to pre-order tickets at Fandango, which has listings for the 7:00 PM May 13th events, priced at $12.
Awaiting details for the home release
Of course, the theatrical release of the documentary was a bit of a surprise bonus, with the focus on the Blu-ray and streaming releases. Details on those—for both backers and the general public—are still forthcoming, but when the Shout! deal was announced last month, the official Indigogo page update for backers stated: “Plans are in place to stream the film for you sooner than you might expect.”
This is a developing story, so check back later this week for more news about the release of What We Left Behind.