Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Exclusive Star Trek News: William Shatner Preparing Biography of Leonard Nimoy


The Star Trek frienship of Kirk and Spock continues into the after life. I can tell you exclusively that William Shatner, portrayer of James T. Kirk, is preparing the official biography of Leonary Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock.

The book, tentatively called “Leonard: A 50 Year Friendship,” is due from St. Martin’s Press in 2016.

Shatner took a lot of flack when he didn’t attend Nimoy’s funeral this past year. But I’m told his daughters attended on his behalf, and Shatner has been in close touch with the Nimoy family. He even helped fund a documentary about Nimoy that’s being made by the late actor’s son. “For the Love of Spock” was a Kickstarter project from Adam Nimoy until Shatner stepped in.

Shatner and a co-writer have interviewed everyone who’s available from Nimoy’s past, I’m told. But many of the original “Star Trek” gang is gone, and some– like Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura in the series– aren’t able to do it.

But you can tell from the accounts that Shatner’s project is full of love. “Star Trek” fans should be lining up around the block when this book hits stores.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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