The third TV series in the Star Trek lexicon, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, gets its fair share of hate. DS9 first aired back in 1993, and did ultimately change Trek for the better. As a female Star Trek fan, there was something really awesome about having well-rounded and capable characters in positions of power, who weren’t just called in when the script called for an alien impregnation (looking at you, Councilor Troi) or tryst. A documentary about the series has been in the works for a while now, but it looks like we’re in for a delay.
What We Leave Behind has raised substantial funds (423% of their original goal) and pulled in Trek royalty to direct the subsequent project. Helmed by showrunner Ira Steven Behr, the documentary aims to examine and celebrate 25 years of the series. Adam Nimoy, son of Leonard Nimoy, was announced as taking over the director’s chair earlier this year. But, as of the documentary’s winter update on their IndieGoGo campaign, it looks like Nimoy is no longer involved in the same context:
Recently, Director Adam Nimoy asked to step down from helming this project in order to focus on personal commitments and other creative endeavors. The Deep Space Nine documentary is continuing to move forward and we are grateful for Adam’s guidance and creative input on the film this past year.
Nimoy said of the departure:
“The real creative force behind the DS9 documentary was well in place before I came along. I was happy to lend them support and guidance to push the project along so that it could be completed in time for the 25th anniversary of the show which is coming up in 2018. I wish the creative team all good things as they Boldly Go!”
The campaign goes on to say that their original release date of February 2018 for the film is unlikely, as the success of the fundraising meant they could expand on the film. They go on to say, “It is likely [the release] will shift back (slightly) to accommodate,” and theoretically we’ll still see the film at some point in 2018. Maybe for either Star Trek: Las Vegas or San Diego Comic Con.
DS9 happens to be my personal favorite Trek, and I am super looking forward to this documentary when it eventually sees the light of day.