“Space, the final frontier.”
William Shatner recited those lines as his iconic character Captain James T. Kirk for the hit science fiction series ‘Star Trek.’ At the age of 90, the actor was able to experience a taste of that journey on his own when he traveled with Blue Origin on a ride into space. Now, Amazon announced that their streaming service Prime Video will release ‘Shatner in Space,’ a documentary that recounts the trip.
“Prime Video and William Shatner today announced that Shatner in Space, a one-hour special, will premiere on Prime Video on Wednesday, December 15,” Amazon said in a press release. “The announcement was first made by Mr. Shatner during a virtual panel for CCXP Worlds, the virtual version of the world’s largest fan convention in São Paulo, Brazil.”
They continued, “The special details the events before, during, and after Shatner’s life-changing flight—which made him the oldest person to ever travel to the cosmos—and the growing friendship between the Star Trek icon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, whose dreams of space travel, like many, were inspired by the original Star Trek series.”
William Shatner shared his own thoughts about the Blue Origin trip.
“My time in space was the most profound experience I could have ever imagined,” the ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ actor said. “This special documenting my journey gives a dramatic view of that experience, and my hope is that it inspires the world to see we must go to space to save Earth.”
The special will be produced by Amazon Studios, Blue Origin, Film 45, Jason Ehrlich Productions, and Bright Spot Content.
William Shatner portrayed Captain Kirk for three seasons of ‘Star Trek’ as well as stared in seven films within the franchise. He would also direct the 1989 film ‘Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.’
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