Ok Star Trek fans, listen up, because this needs to happen. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of The Original Series. In commemoration of that event, Adam Nimoy had been working with his father, the late Leonard Nimoy, to create a documentary film about the life of the character Mr. Spock. Now, with the actor’s passing last February, Adam is moving forward on the film and he’s turned to crowdfunding to help make For the Love of Spock a reality.
According to information on the film’s official Kickstarter page, the idea was born of a conversation between father and son last Thanksgiving. The two were going to produce the film together before Leonard died in February of chronic pulmonary disease. Now, the film will not only trace the history of the iconic character, but also of the man who first brought Spock to life in the 1960’s.
The Kickstarter is seeking a total of $600,000 to cover costs associated with the film, primarily the licensing of photos and videos of Spock’s various appearances in film and television. Otherwise your documentary about Spock will be missing Spock. The documentary is set to be produced by 455 Films, known in Star Trek circles as the production company behind William Shatner’s The Captains documentary.
A number of Star Trek allumni have already agreed to become part of the film. William Shatner, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and J.J. Abrams have all agreed to be interviewed for the film. In addition, Zachary Quinto, who has taken over the mantle of Spock, will narrate the documentary. Check out the full pitch video below.
The rewards for backers include access to a digital stream of the film prior to its general release, tickets to screenings in New York or Los Angeles, or the ability to get a photo of yourself (cosplaying as Spock, or giving the "Live Long and Prosper" salute) into the film itself. There were also a number of special items from the Leonard Nimoy’s personal collection, but most of those are already gone as they were one-of-a-kind. However, if you’d like the original mock up of the Star Trek III: The Search for Spock poster, it’s still available if you have $6,000 burning a hole in your pocket.
The Kickstarter deadline is July 1. As of this writing the film is sitting at $135,854. With most of a month left to go there’s still plenty of time for Nimoy to get the required funding. Now go throw a few bucks at this and help make it happen.