“For the Love of Spock” is coming to a theater — and video-on-demand service — near you. On Sept. 9.
That’s the day after the Star Trek franchise, which the late Leonard Nimoy was a part of from the very beginning, celebrates its 50th anniversary. And it will be the day fans everywhere will have their first real chance to see how Adam Nimoy honored his father, who died last year.
Following a successful showing at the Tribeca Film Festival last month in Manhattan, Gravitas Ventures has bought the worldwide distribution rights to the film, according to Deadline.com reporter Erik Pedersen. That will set up a limited theatrical run in select cities, as well as an opportunity to just purchase the film to watch at home. It wasn’t clear which VOD services the film would be made available on.
“It’s no secret that Star Trek is internationally beloved, and has shown the world both on-screen and off- what it truly means to be a global community,” Nolan Gallagher, the chief executive of Gravitas, said in a release. “We are honored to be collaborating with Adam Nimoy and look forward to bringing this film to audiences everywhere during a monumental year in the Star Trek timeline.”
Gravitas, which was founded in 2006, bills itself as one of the largest “all rights” distributors in the world. It says it releases more than 400 new films each year, and has a library of “thousands of titles.” Some of its featured releases include the 2014 British biopic “The Last Man on the Moon” and the 2015 documentary “Backstreet Boys: Show Them What You’re Made Of.”
The younger Nimoy started crowdfunding a potential documentary in the months after his father died in February 2015, quickly beating his goal of $600,000. The two Nimoys had actually discussed working on a documentary about Star Trek before Leonard passed away. Following his death, Adam decided to take a bit of a different approach to honor his father’s legacy.
“The film was originally conceived as a tribute to Mr. Spock, to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original series,” Nimoy said on his Kickstarter page. “Now, with dad’s passing on Feb. 27 (2015), the film will also explore the incredible career and artistry of Leonard Nimoy. But what has become increasingly apparent as I continue to work on this project is that it’s also a personal journey.”
The film includes rare home vides and family photos of the Nimoys, as well as memories shared by a number of those who worked most closely with him like William Shatner, George Takei, J.J. Abrams, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana and Jim Parsons. Zachary Quinto, who now portrays Spock on the big screen (including July 22’s “Star Trek: Beyond”) narrates.
Financial terms of the deal were not released.