While CBS and Paramount have opted out of spending the several years and around $10+ million required to do a full HD restoration of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” the team behind the upcoming documentary “What We Leave Behind” about the series are determined to show it at its best.
As a result, they are working on doing the restoration job themselves, albeit only for some of the key scenes of the series. The doco’s director Adam Nimoy and former DS9 showrunner Ira Stephen Behr are in talks with CBS to acquire some of the original negatives, so they can digitally rescan them for the documentary.
This would only be for select scenes, but it would show fans what the show would look like were DS9 was converted into HD: “It would give the fans another decade of dreaming what the whole series would look like. It would be that little taste, a lovely little taste, that first injection that leads to so many others” Behr tells TrekCore.
Nimoy said they’ve wanted HD scenes for the documentary for awhile, but it’s within reach now because they’ve received more money than expected for their crowd fundraising campaign – more than doubling their original $150,000 goal with several days to go.
The documentary, which also includes a workshop where some of the writers got together to envision a possible eighth season, is set to come out February 2018.