“Star Trek: Beyond” took extra care to address the death of not only Leonard Nimoy, but the character he played for nearly 50 years. But even if the actor had not died last year after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, he still would not have taken part in “Beyond.”
Adam Nimoy shared the news this past week with Yahoo Entertainment reporter Marcus Errico while promoting his new documentary “For the Love of Spock.”
“I talked with dad extensively about it,” Adam Nimoy said. “He was very happy to be a part of this reincarnation of Star Trek, to be participating. It was very hard for him when they came with the third installment, “Star Trek: Beyond,” and they wanted him involved. But he had to say no because of his health.”
The younger Nimoy attended San Diego Comic-Con as part of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, this time representing his father, who died in February 2015 just as Simon Pegg and Doug Jung were deep into writing what would become “Beyond.” It’s not clear exactly what role Nimoy would have played in the story, which ultimately revealed the death of Spock Prime.
“He didn’t think he could physically do it,” Nimoy said of his father. “So that was difficult for him. But he was very pleased and very happy to end his career as Spock with those cast members.”
“Beyond” earned $59.6 million at the North American box office over the weekend, easily taking over the No. 1 spot from “The Secret Life of Pets.” It added $30 million from international showings, with hopes by Paramount Pictures to hit $500 million worldwide.
When Nimoy revived his Spock character for 2009’s “Star Trek,” it was the first time he had played the character since 1991. That year, he not only said good-bye to the original crew in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” but also jumped into the future in a two-part “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode. The events of “Unification” ultimately led to Spock trying to save Romulus and other planets, creating the alternate timeline the current movies are set in.
Nimoy returned one last time for a brief cameo in 2013’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” but by then had almost completely passed the mantle of Spock to Zachary Quinto.
“Dad was very comfortable with Zachary continuing the tradition of playing Spock,” Adam Nimoy said. “So he’s got a professional connection with Spock and the family, but he’s also got a personal connection. He’s been like a member of the family.”
“For the Love of Spock” is set to debut Sept. 9, just in time for the true 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise.
To read Errico’s full story at Yahoo, click here.