Leonard Nimoy’s Son Plans Spock Documentary
A month after the death of Leonard Nimoy, his son Adam Nimoy has announced plans to produce and direct a documentary about his father titled “For the Love of Spock.”
The project is aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek,” which aired for the first time on Sept. 8, 1966. Zachary Quinto, who portrayed the Spock character in last two “Star Trek” films, will narrate the documentary.
David Zappone, the owner and president of Paramount-based 455 Films, will produce.
“This will be a tribute to my dad and Spock,” Adam Nimoy told Variety. “We have plenty to work from because my dad loved telling stories and he was very fond of the role.”
Adam Nimoy said that he and his father began discussing the project several months ago and agreed that it should focus on the enduring nature of Spock and Nimoy’s portrayal of the relentlessly logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise. The elder Nimoy had announced last year that he was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but had continued working on the project — even speaking with with his son about it two days before his death.
“He felt as if he had plenty of time, but then he declined precipitously,” Adam Nimoy said. “I was struck with the outpouring of affection for him after he died, so this feels like the right thing to do.”The filmmaker said William Shatner, who played Enterprise captain James T. Kirk, had agreed to appear in the doc. “My father wrote two books — ‘I Am Not Spock’ and ‘I Am Spock’ — and we’ve got lots of recordings so there’s plenty for us to work with.”
He’s planning to seek conventional film financing, which would be used partly to license portions of the movies from Paramount and TV shows from CBS. But he said he would not be opposed to crowdfunding from a site such as Kickstarter.
Adam Nimoy broke into show business as an attorney in entertainment law specializing in music and music publishing and was a business affairs executive for EMI America Records and Enigma Records before becoming a TV director. He has gone on to direct episodes of “NYPD Blue,” “The Practice,” “Ally McBeal” and “Gilmore Girls.”
He also wrote his own biography, “My Incredibly Wonderful, Miserable Life,” published by Simon and Schuster in 2008.
Zaponne has produced “Star Trek”-related content including “The Captains,” “William Shatner’s Get a Life,” and “Still Kicking.” He recently produced “Chaos on the Bridge,” an inside look at the first few tumultuous years of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” for HBO Canada.