We appear to be living in a bit of a renaissance for Star Trek-related documentaries. Today brings news of a brand new project looking at things from a unique perspective, coming from some people familiar to Trek fans.
1982: Greatest Geek Year Ever!
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is still considered by many to be the best film in the franchise, and it arrived in theaters on June 4, 1982. That year turned out to be a watershed moment for genre movies that are still beloved, including E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial, Blade Runner, The Thing, Creepshow, The Dark Crystal, Tron, Conan The Barbarian, Cat People, The Road Warrior, and Poltergeist, which happened to open the same day as Star Trek II.
And today a brand new documentary film was announced that will offer the ultimate look back at this ultimate year for genre fans. 1982: Greatest Geek Year Ever! is being developed by award-winning producers Roger Lay, Jr. (Star Trek: The Roddenberry Vault, The Twilight Zone 60th: Remembering Rod Serling), Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, The Librarians), and Thomas P. Vitale (Nextflix’s Slasher, Pandora).
“1982: Greatest Geek Year Ever! is not just a documentary,” says Scott Mantz, one of the film’s producers and a noted film critic and broadcast entertainment journalist. “It’s a time machine that takes viewers back to one of the greatest years of movies ever as we examine the biggest blockbusters as well as the cult classics that made it so unforgettable.”
The new film promised to include exclusive interviews with genre superstars, rare behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive never-before-seen clips “in a fun, lively, no holds barred celebration of the legendary moviegoing year of 1982.” The doc will also revisit cult films from 1982 such as Megaforce and Time Rider, as well as action classics like First Blood and Rocky III.
The film is seeking crowdfunding with a Kickstarter campaign running through June. Here is the launch video.
Altman on 1982 doc and importance of Wrath of Khan
1982: Greatest Geek Year Ever! is made by fans and for fans. Mark Altman in particular should be familiar to readers of TrekMovie as a periodic contributor as well as the co-author of The Fifty-Year Mission books on Star Trek history, and co-host of the popular Inglorious Treksperts podcast. Speaking to TrekMovie, Altman explained why Trek fans should be excited about this new project:
“I think fans of Star Trek are going to be particularly intrigued by this film as we’re going to reveal some never-before-heard stories about Khan, and by extension, The Motion Picture with cast and creatives from both films not to mention it’s being produced by some of the world’s foremost Treksperts like myself, Scott Mantz and Roger Lay, Jr. who not only did all the bonus material on multiple Trek home video releases including the Next Generation restoration but The Roddenberry Vault as well not to mention the great Mike Okuda who did the logo for the film. We’re going to do a deep dive into Khan in the doc including some stories I left out of my book, The Fifty-Year Mission, and I also promise for die-hard Shatner fans – and who isn’t we’ll cover Visiting Hours and Airplane 2: The Sequel from that year as well!”
He also provided an update on where they are currently with the project.
“We recently started filming on the doc as we need to make the 40th anniversary release date,” says Mark A. Altman who is not only the showrunner on the CW’s Pandora, but host of Inglorious Treksperts and the author of St. Martin’s Press’s bestselling Trek tomes, The 50 Year Mission. “The goal is to have it out hopefully theatrically, but at least on streaming, by next year’s 40th anniversary of The Wrath Of Khan. And yes that really does make me feel old… and not as when the world was young.”
The film will be completed this fall for a planned theatrical release in 2022, the 40th anniversary of the films of 1982. The producers chose the 39th anniversary of the release of Star Trek II and Poltergeist to launch the Kickstarter campaign.
And for another connection, check out the poster below where Star Trek II is front and center, along with a logo created by acclaimed Star Trek designer Mike Okuda.
Help make it happen on Kickstarter
The filmmakers launched the Kickstarter campaign to supplement the film’s production budget to allow for the additional licensing of clips, clearances, and global travel, which is extra complicated in the age of COVID. They are starting with a goal of $125,000, with the campaign wrapping up at the end of June. Support levels start at $10 to just help out. Higher levels offer supporters a variety of perks including a digital copy, DVD, access to exclusive special features, and much more. There are of course collectibles including the poster, books, and more. And if you are feeling very generous there are some high-end supporter perks including tickets to the Hollywood premiere and even an associate producer credit.
To find out more and to support the doc visit Kickstarter.com.
Find more coverage of Star Trek documentaries at TrekMovie.com.