A new fan-funded documentary about Star Trek’s first captain is in the works, and William Shatner will be at San Diego Comic-Con in July to show off the first footage.
William Shatner: The Documentary
Today Legion M and Exhibit A Pictures announced a new documentary directed by Alexandre O. Philippe (The People vs. George Lucas) all about William Shatner. According to the announcement, for the documentary “William Shatner takes off the countless masks he’s worn throughout his storied career, to reveal the man behind one of the most recognizable faces in the world.”
Said director Alexandre O. Philippe in a statement: “I grew up watching Bill Shatner on a black-and-white television in Switzerland. My first memories of him are from Columbo and The Twilight Zone. He is a modern Renaissance man. Ubiquitous. Unavoidable. His range as an actor (Roger Corman’s The Intruder, anyone..?) is as staggering as the depth of his wisdom and curiosity; and I couldn’t be more excited by this opportunity to craft an up close and personal portrait of a man who fascinates me, through some of the important themes he openly tackles in his most vulnerable autobiographical songs. This intimate film will illuminate little-known and rarely seen aspects of Bill’s career and philosophy, and also re-examine some of his most iconic roles and cultural moments through a brand-new lens.”
Speaking about the project, Shatner said in a statement: “For years I’ve had people approaching me to do a documentary about my life, but I turned them all down because it didn’t feel like the right fit. Alexandre and I hit it off right away, and when I heard how Legion M wanted to incorporate audiences to be a part of it, it was perfect. Fans have been responsible for my career — it only seems right that they should own this doc.”
Fan-owned Legion M is inviting fans to invest directly in the documentary, and unlike crowd-funding projects, investors not only fund the production but also share in any profits. Beginning today fans can sign up to make a non-binding, no-obligation reservation HERE.
Shatner at Comic-Con
The producers will be providing an early look at the documentary at San Diego Comic-Con in a Hall H panel featuring Shatner and moderated by comedian/director Kevin Smith. The panel will be on Thursday, July 21 at 4:30 PM.
And Legion M will be celebrating Shatner all day long in San Diego, starting with a handprint ceremony in the lobby of Theatre Box San Diego, followed by signing and photo ops. There will also be an evening event and performance from Shatner, starting at 8:00 PM. Tickets for the Thursday Theatre Box events can be purchased HERE.
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