What We Left Behind, a documentary about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, is close to completion. Everyone involved is hoping for a 2018 release date, to tie in with the 25th anniversary of Deep Space Nine.
Ira Steven Behr, who served as showrunner on DS9, is heavily involved with this documentary project. In the video below he confirms that the documentary is “picture locked” and therefore “basically done”, with only some post-production jobs left to do.
Arguably, securing the rights to show DS9 footage in this documentary – which was not officially sanctioned by CBS – will be the most important job in this project’s post-production process.
If you’re wondering what this film is about, here’s the official synopsis…
“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine first aired in January, 1993 well over a year after the death of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. When compared to The Original Series and The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine was written off as too “dark,” “edgy,” and “the black sheep” of the Star Trek family, a show that did not fit Roddenberry’s vision of the future. But someone was still watching as the show lasted seven seasons.
“Now, over twenty years later, fans all over the world are rediscovering Deep Space Nine and embracing the show with an enthusiasm rivaling the affection they feel for any other Star Trek series. Critics are even calling the show the Jewel in the Crown and the best of the Star Trek franchise. A devoted sci-fi fan might rightly ask themselves; “What the hell happened?”
“Our documentary film, What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, will take a detailed look at this historic series and consider the reasons Deep Space Nine went from a family outcast to a Star Trek mainstay. The film will also contain a “what if” segment in which the original writers brainstorm a theoretical 8th season of the show.”
We’ll be sure to keep you posted about the project’s progress as we hear more. Fingers remain crossed that it does make it to screens this year, in time to mark that big anniversary.
You can learn more over on the documentary’s official website, where it is also possible to pledge financial support to help the filmmakers.