Today Legion M announced the feature documentary William Shatner: You Can Call Me Bill will debut in theaters in North America on March 22, which happens to be Shatner’s 93rd birthday.
You Can Call Me Bill
Star Trek icon William Shatner previewed a new documentary about his life back at Comic-Con 2022, and now You Can Call Me Bill has a release date and a trailer. Here is the official description:
William Shatner: You Can Call Me Bill is an intimate exploration of the life and career of William Shatner. From his unforgettable portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek to his diverse accomplishments of a 70+ year career across film, television, and the arts, the documentary captures the essence of Shatner’s journey and his extraordinary contributions to the entertainment industry.
You can pre-order tickets for the documentary HERE. Pre-orders include special limited edition release pins.
They also released the first trailer for the film:
The documentary was entirely financed by over 1,200 fans via Legion M’s “fan-first-financing,” which allowed people to invest as little as $100 to own a financial stake in the film and any profits it generates.
“This film was made possible by fans,” said William Shatner in a statement. “Fans of independent film, fans of documentaries, and fans whose support has given me a career in this industry. Legion M’s approach of uniting the audience to make movies is brilliant. I’m honored to stand with those who invested, and proud to be a part of the work they helped create. I hope everyone comes out to join our celebration when the film releases in theaters on March 22.”
William Shatner: You Can Call Me Bill was directed by award-winning filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe (78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene, Memory: The Origins of Alien). “It’s great for documentaries and for the industry that William Shatner: You Can Call Me Bill is making its way to theaters,” the director said in a statement. “This film has been a labor of love—the big screen experience will allow audiences to immerse themselves in his journey. It’s an honor to have this project shared with audiences in theaters, where it truly belongs.”
In 2022, Shatner said, “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.”
The documentary premiered at SXSW in 2023 where it was nominated for the Audience Award. In the last year, it has been on a worldwide festival tour that included BFI London, Sitges, Melbourne, Karlovy Vary, and Filmfest München. So far it has been a hit with critics, with a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
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