A son’s gift

Leonard Ni­moy’s son cre­ates Spock doc­u­men­tary to hon­our his fa­ther’s life on screen and off

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Adam Ni­moy has found a way to spend count­less hours with his late fa­ther Leonard Ni­moy: He’s cre­at­ing a doc­u­men­tary for the ac­tor who played Spock on “Star Trek.”

Ni­moy said the “Spock­u­men­tary” funded through a Kick­starter cam­paign that raised over $600,000 will fo­cus on the pop icon and his legacy. The TV di­rec­tor and film pro­fes­sor said it would ex­plore his fa­ther’s life on­screen and off-screen.

“For the Love of Spock” be­gan as a pro­ject for the fa­ther and son duo be­fore Leonard’s Ni­moy’s death in Fe­bru­ary at age 83. Ni­moy said his fa­ther wanted to keep it Spock-cen­tric, but once he passed he knew he had to in­clude more about his fa­ther.

“I think it’s go­ing to be a nice kind of way just to work through all these feel­ings I am hav­ing and to move on with my own life,” Ni­moy said.

Ni­moy turned to crowd­fund­ing be­cause he wasn’t get­ting the fi­nan­cial sup­port he ex­pected from stu­dios. The doc­u­men­tary will in­clude clips from the “Star Trek” films and TV shows, Ni­moy’s other works and in­ter­views from fans and fam­ily as well as Wil­liam Shat­ner who played Capt. James T. Kirk; J.J. Abrams who di­rected the 2009 film re­boot, and celebrity fans like Seth McFar­lane. Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the new movie fran­chise, will nar­rate the film.

“Dad passed the torch to Zachary. He is the anointed one to carry on the tra­di­tion of Mr. Spock and all that en­tails,” Ni­moy said. “He’s now such a part of the tra­di­tion that it just seems like he would be a ma­jor force to re­ally come up with a dy­namic prod­uct.”

This will be Ni­moy’s sec­ond pro­ject with his dad: He pre­vi­ously

“It's my gift to my Dad, it's my gift to Mr. Spock who I love and adore, it's my gift to the fans who have sup­ported us all these years. It's a gift re­ally to my­self to say some­thing de­fin­i­tive about an in­cred­i­bly in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter who has inspired mil­lions of peo­ple.” Adam Ni­moy

pro­duced “Leonard Ni­moy’s Bos­ton,” a doc­u­men­tary about his fa­ther’s child­hood in Bos­ton. His sis­ter Julie Ni­moy an­nounced in April she was part­ner­ing with her fiance to cre­ate a film on COPD, the dis­ease that killed her fa­ther.

Ni­moy said when he was grow­ing up, his fa­ther took on traits of his char­ac­ter and was dis­tant and worked a lot.

“He of­ten said early on in life he ... ma­jored in ca­reer and mi­nored in fam­ily,” Ni­moy said.

Ni­moy said his fa­ther’s al­co­holism and his own sub­stance-strained their re­la­tion­ship.

“(We had to) work on our own is­sues be­fore we were able to re­bound to­gether and have the lov­ing re­la­tion­ship we had the last five years of our lives,” he said.

With this film he hopes he can tie in ev­ery­thing he loves about his fa­ther, their lives to­gether and the char­ac­ter he played.

“It’s my gift to my Dad, it’s my gift to Mr. Spock who I love and adore, it’s my gift to the fans who have sup­ported us all these years,” Ni­moy said. “It’s a gift re­ally to my­self to say some­thing de­fin­i­tive about an in­cred­i­bly in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter who has inspired mil­lions of peo­ple.”

“For the Love of Spock” is ex­pected to be re­leased in time for the 50th an­niver­sary of the “Star Trek” se­ries in 2016.

AP PHOTO

In this June 29 photo, lawyer-turned-di­rec­tor Adam Ni­moy, son of the late Star Trek ac­tor Leonard Ni­moy, poses for a por­trait in New York to pro­mote his doc­u­men­tary about his fa­ther, “For the Love of Spock”.

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