Thursday, September 1, 2011

Shatner, The Captains and FanExpo Toronto!

Exactly one year since we last saw the legendary William (Bill) Shatner grace the stage at Fan Expo in Toronto, he was back again. While he saw many of the TV projects that he promoted at last year’s convention cancelled in the last 12 months, Shatner was quite upbeat and excited about his two new documentaries.

In The Captains, an original documentary both produced and directed by the original series captain of Star Trek’s Enterprise, Shatner travelled the world reconnecting with each of the actors who have played captains as part of the Star Trek franchise. Among them are Patrick Stewart, Scott Bakula and Chris Pine, who discuss their experiences captaining the famed starship. Special appearances by Kate Mulgrew and Avery Brooks are also accompanied by clips from their respective shows.

In speaking with Stewart, Shatner has an epiphany about his time playing Captain Kirk and what the ongoing love from fans at the conventions he attends ultimately means to him.

The Captains had a showing on the U.S. cable channel Epix in July. Look for the DVD to hit stores in early October.

The second documentary Shatner has been working on is the yet-to-be-officially-titled Fanatics. In it, he explores what genre lovers are after when they take part in the communal experience of attending conventions.

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