Leonard Nimoy was 83 years old when he died on 27th Feb at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was suffering from chronic lung disease COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), caused by years of smoking.
A month after his death, his son Adam Nimoy decided to pay his tribute to his late father by announcing his plans to produce and direct a documentary titled “For the Love of Spock.”
This will be a tribute to my dad and Spock. We have plenty to work from because my dad loved telling stories and he was very fond of the role.
Nimoy aimed to produce the documentary in celebration of the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek”, which aired for the first time on 8th September 1966.
The project was in works for quite some time as Adam told Variety that he began discussing the project with his late father several months ago. He revealed that his father even spoke with him about it 2 days before his death.
He felt as if he had plenty of time, but then he declined precipitously. I was struck with the outpouring of affection for him after he died, so this feels like the right thing to do.
Adam further revealed that both of them agreed that the documentary would focus on Spock’s enduring nature and Nimoy’s portrayal of the relentlessly logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise.
My father wrote 2 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.
David Zappone, the owner and president of Paramount-based 455 Films, will produce the documentary while Zachary Quinto, who portrayed Spock in J.J. Abrams’ rebooted “Star Trek” franchise, will narrate. William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the original franchise, also agreed to appear in the documentary.
Before Adam Nimoy began his career as a TV director, he worked as an attorney in entertainment law specialising in music and music publishing. He was also a business affairs executive for EMI America Records and Enigma Records. His directing credits include episodes of “NYPD Blue”, “The Practice”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Babylon 5”, “Sliders”, “Gilmore Girls”, and “The Outer Limit”.
He is also the author of his own biography titled “My Incredibly Wonderful, Miserable Life”.
Adam is currently seeking for conventional film financing, but he said he wouldn’t be opposed of the idea of starting a crowdfunding.