At 79, William Shatner is showing no signs of slowing down. The veteran actor is also a writer, a director, a singer, an entrepreneur, and a TV show host. He has two series on Bio and will star in CBS’ $#*! My Dad Says sitcom in the fall. With all that, what’s one more project?
The Canadian pay TV channel Movie Central has commissioned a documentary called The Captains about Shatner’s early days in Montreal, as an actor in Ontario, and his rise to fame as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek.
Shatner will direct and executive produce the project with David Zappone and Craig Thompson also executive producing. Movie Central will partner with Shatner’s production company, Melis Productions, and Ballinran Productions on the project.
The project is expected to begin filming in July with a winter 2011 broadcast on Movie Central. There’s no word when or if it’ll be shown south of the border.
Movie Central has also acquired the rights to air William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet. It’s a real ballet by Marge Sappington that was set to the music of Shatner’s album, Has Been. That documentary was produced by Special Entertainment, Big Screen Entertainment and Melis Productions. It’ll air in the fall.
What do you think? Too much Shatner, not enough, or just right? Do you think he’s the right man to direct a documentary about himself?