We've been posting trailers from Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission, the documentary about the father of the Ultima series and his "lifelong quest to become the first son of an astronaut to go into space", since mid-2009, and finally after screenings at festivals and events, it's finally coming to theaters early next year.

Quick synopsis of Man on a Mission:

"While he may be better known as the developer of such games as the Ultima series, Ultima Online, and Tabula Rasa, Garriott always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. But when eye problems made a career at NASA impossible, he found a path through private space travel to make his dreams come true.

Man On A Mission captures every moment of Garriott’s training in Russia to his launch aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, as well as life aboard the International Space Station. It also offers views of the earth from space, and a never-before-seen view from inside the capsule during the fiery re-entry to Earth."

Shot by Beef & Pie Productions and directed by Mike Woolf, the feature-length film will open to a limited selection of theaters in New York City, Chicago, Austin, Cleveland, Seattle, and several cities in California starting January 2012. You can check out the planned venues and dates at Man on a Mission's official website.

[Via Game Politics]