Leonard Nimoy documentary lands Star Trek-friendly release date

A documentary on the late, great Leonard Nimoy will arrive later this year -- right around a historic date.

According to Deadline, indie film distributor Gravitas Ventures has picked up the rights to For the Love of Spock, a documentary about Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock and Star Trek directed by Nimoy's son Adam. The distributor has set Sept. 9 as the release date of the film -- one day after the 50th anniversary (on Sept. 8) of the original series' premiere on NBC with the episode "The Man Trap."

For the Love of Spock itself premiered last month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. In addition to never-before-seen family photos and home video -- it helps with access when the director is the subject's son! -- the film also features interviews with original Trek cast members William Shatner and George Takei, Star Trek reboot director J.J. Abrams, Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and current Star Trek actors Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana and Nimoy's successor as Spock, Zachary Quinto.

Gravitas Ventures founder and CEO Nolan Gallagher said about the documentary:

“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. 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."

The release date is no coincidence. Paramount Pictures, owners of the franchise and partial backers of the documentary, is launching a number of events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the original series. The studio started earlier this month with the naming of a street on its Hollywood lot as Leonard Nimoy Way in honor of the beloved actor, who died in February 2015 at the age of 83. And of course, a new movie with the current cast, Star Trek Beyond, is arriving on July 22. 

It's only logical that For the Love of Spock is part of the festivities, don't you think?

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