When Leonard Nimoy passed away at the age of 83 back in February 2015, he was remembered most of all for his six-decade run playing Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, one of the most iconic characters not only in science fiction, but in American popular culture, period. Nimoy played Spock on the original series, in the first run of movies, on a memorable episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and even, thanks to time travel loopholes, in the first two J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies.
But Nimoy was much more than Mr. Spock. He was an accomplished actor outside of the Trek canon, and also a director, both of the third and fourth Trek films and the hit 1987 comedy Three Men and a Baby. He was also on author, of two memoirs called I Am Not Spock and I Am Spock, a photographer and even a musician. Now, posthumously, Nimoy is something else: A documentary subject.
For the Love of Spock is a documentary about Nimoy’s life and career, directed by his son Adam Nimoy and narrated by Zachary Quinto, Nimoy’s successor as Mr. Spock. The first trailer for the documentary, which debuted in “preliminary” form at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April, is now online.
Work on the documentary began prior to Nimoy’s death as a documentary about the Spock character in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, but was expanded into an overarching film about the actor’s life after he died. Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, the film proceeded, including archival footage of Nimoy and his work, as well as talking-head interviews with ‘Trek’ cast members old and new, as well as wild cards like Jason Alexander.
This film certainly looks like a must for anyone with even the least bit of affection for Star Trek, the Spock character or Leonard Nimoy. It brings to mind Life Itself, about Roger Ebert, another documentary about a virtually universally beloved figure in the film world, released not long after his death and structured as the story of the man’s life, in such a way likely to bring about tears from those watching it.
It’s Adam Nimoy’s first film as director, although he has directed many TV episodes. But the early reviews out of Tribeca were positive and this doesn’t seem the sort of project that’s likely to miss its mark.
For the Love of Spock will be released theatrically and on VOD September 9, 2016, the day after the 50th anniversary of the debut of the original Star Trek TV show.
Source: Gravitas Ventures