New Robin Williams documentary will tell of star's final days and battle with rare condition

Danny Thompson
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US actor Robin Williams arrives for the European premiere of "Happy Feet Two" in central London on November 20, 2011. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP via Getty Images)
US actor Robin Williams arrives for the European premiere of "Happy Feet Two" in central London on November 20, 2011. (CARL COURT/AFP via Getty Images)

A documentary about the final days of comedy hero Robin Williams will tell how the actor battled a rare neurological disorder in the run up to his death.

The Jumanji star died in August 2014, leading to a worldwide outpouring of grief for the much-loved star.

Now the new documentary, entitled Robin’s Wish, will give a greater insight into the star’s life, with interviews with those closest to him.

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One such person is director Shawn Levy, who worked with Williams on all three of the Night at the Museum movies.

In Robin’s Wish, Levy describes working with Williams on the final instalment, filmed two years before his death, and noticing he wasn’t himself.

Levy said: “On the last movie it was clear to all of us on that set that something was going on with Robin.

Actor Robin Williams holds up his Oscar after winning in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category during the 70th Academy Awards 23 March at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Williams won for his role as a psychotherapist helping a troubled math genius in "Good Will Hunting."    (ELECTRONIC IMAGE)   AFP PHOTO   Timothy A. CLARY (Photo by Timothy A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
Robin Williams with his Oscar after winning in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category for his role in Good Will Hunting. (Photo by Timothy A. CLARY / AFP via Getty Images)

“I remember him saying to me, ‘I don’t know what’s going on. I’m not me anymore.’”

The documentary, directed by Tylor Norwood, will tell how Williams battled a rare brain disease called Lewy Body Dementia.

His wife, Susan Schneider Williams, recently told Entertainment Weekly: “With invaluable help from leading medical experts, I saw that what Robin and I had gone through, finally made sense—our experience matched up with the science.

“And what I discovered along the way was bigger than me, and bigger than Robin. The full story was revealed during the making of this film and it holds the truth that Robin and I had been searching for.”

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Telling where the title of the documentary come from, she added: “Robin wanted to help all of us be less afraid. That was Robin’s wish.

“We had been discussing what we wanted our legacies to be in life; when it was our time to go, how we wanted to have made people feel. Without missing a beat, Robin said, ‘I want to help people be less afraid.'”

The documentary will be released via VOD on 1 September.