After four weeks of fundraising, Leonard Nimoy documentary For the Love of Spock has reached its Kickstarter goal of 600,000 dollars (£383,000).
Created by Nimoy’s son Adam, the “Spockumentary” is intended to honour the late Star Trek actor on the 50th anniversary of the sci-fi series, which first aired on September 8th1966. It will be narrated by current movie Spock Zachary Quinto.
Nimoy’s fundraising campaign was announced in late March shortly after his father’s death, and began running in earnest on June 3rd. There are now less than 24 hours left until the funding deadline, and at time of writing the project has raised almost $634,000 from over 9,000 backers – and they’re still hoping for more.
Offering a “sci-five” to fans on his Kickstarter page, Nimoy said: “Rest assured: every dollar raised through this campaign will find its way to funding this film or helping in the promotion and advertising campaign.
“But the more we can raise, the better the end product will be. This film is a once in a lifetime chance and I want to give it all I have to give.”
“Perks” offered to investors in the film vary depending on how much is donated, with the lowest amounts – around $5 – getting “exclusive updates” and “eternal gratitude”, while the top investors who donated $10,000 have been granted the title of associate producer.
“The funding of this film through Kickstarter will enable us to continue with production — which will mostly take the form of filming interviews of Dad’s friends, colleagues and family members,” Nimoy continued.
“It will also enable us to license the hundreds of film clips and still photographs of Mr. Spock as he has appeared on television and in feature films over the last 50 years. Funding will then buy us time in the editing room, where I will be poring over the film clips and photographs and never-before-seen home movies as well as ‘Star Trek’ artifacts — some of which have not seen the light of day for nearly 50 years!”
In summary, while the campaign may not have lived long yet, it’s certainly prospered.