Three months after the death of Leonard Nimoy, his son Adam Nimoy is launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $600,000 for a documentary about his father titled “For the Love of Spock,” Variety has learned exclusively.
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 film. David Zappone, the owner and president of Paramount-based 455 Films, will produce.
“The funding of this film through Kickstarter will enable us to continue with production — which will mostly take the form of filming interviews of dad’s friends, colleagues and family members,” Adam Nimoy said. “It will also enable us to license the hundreds of film clips and still photographs of Mr. Spock as he has appeared on television and in feature films over the last 50 years.”
Nimoy first announced the project in late March. His father passed away on February 27.
“Funding will then buy us time in the editing room, where I will be spending weeks editing hours and hours of film clips from the series and movies, hundreds of photographs, never-before-seen home movies, as well as Star Trek related artifacts,” Nimoy said.
The premiums start at $15. A fan can buy an autographed cast photo from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” for $1,500. Five top premiums are offered at $10,000 to become an associate producer.
Nimoy broke into show business as an attorney in entertainment law specializing in music publishing. He 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.