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Leonard Nimoy’s son turns to crowdfunding for Spock film

The son of the late Leonard Nimoy has looked to Kickstarter to help fund a feature-length documentary based about his father and the Star Trek character he played, Mr Spock.
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Adam Nimoy has asked those on the popular crowdfunding website to “help me complete a project that was important to my dad and has become extremely important to me”.

The actor died in February 2015, and the Kickstarter page disclosed that the son had spoken to Leonard about the possibility of working together on a film about Spock.

Adam Nimoy said he felt there was “so much more to explore about the birth and evolution of Spock”, and with the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series on the horizon, the “timing was right”.

Nimoy has set a goal of $600,000 by July 2015, and at the time of writing had secured $130,438 from 1,602 backers.

The project would involve 455 Films, who Nimoy said he and his father had already reached out to in discussions about producing the film. It previously produced other Star Trek related films with William Shatner.

Adam Nimoy also disclosed that Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in the 2009 reboot and its sequel, had “generously agreed to narrate the film about the famous Vulcan, a character he now knows quite well himself”.

The actor said Leonard Nimoy had been “like a father to me” and that the support he provided when Quinto took over the iconic role soon turned into a “profound friendship”.

It would mark the latest in a long line of entertainment-related ventures funded through this method – as well-known individuals have taken to sites like Kickstarter. While US TV programme Veronica Mars was cancelled back in 2007, fans of the drama held out hope it would come back in some shape or form. 

When writer Rob Thomas tested the water about a prospective film on Kickstarter, the response was immediate – $5.7m was raised in April 2013 by 91,585 backers hoping to bring about the Veronica Mars Movie Project.

Thomas wanted to persuade Warner Bros, the studios which owned the rights, that the demand was there. The film was released in March 2014 and took $2m in box-office receipts in the US alone for the opening weekend.

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Elsewhere, renowned filmmaker Spike Lee raised $1.4m from 6,421 backers in 2013, hoping to make his next – at the time, unnamed – film. It is currently in the works, with Lee signing up Bruce Hornsby to record the score.

Crowdfunding as a method is also branching out from the usual suspects of Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder – a recent website called Crowdjustice was launched to bring the method to the legal system, and Oxford’s Somerville College has set up a page on its internal site to raise money for projects.

One of the current initiatives – The Somerville Ghana Library Project – hopes to raise £9,000 worth of funding for construction of a new library for a prior project a student from the college had been involved with in Ghana.

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