I came across the site MyCast yesterday where one can create fantasy story-lines that they’d like to see become a real movie, TV Show or video game.
I couldn’t resist – so I created a story-line, cast and even poster for an imagined biography of Leonard Nimoy called Spock Amok! I would love to see this become a reality, but do you think anyone would be interested in it?
I’ve had this idea for years and actually mentioned this idea to the delightful Terry Farrell (Dax of Deep Space Nine and wife of Adam Nimoy) about a year ago on a live chat, and she said that no one had considered making a Nimoy bio, but I think she liked the idea!
When I made the poster, I thought up the by-line “How does one live in their own Shadow” and the idea of Nimoy’s Spock shading Adam Driver seemed a good option! I was delighted to find a pic of Mr. Driver looking down, a bit sad. It helped that he was dressed a but like Leonard used to also. And by the way, if Spock here looks a little odd, it’s because I photo-shopped Mr. Driver’s eyes, nose, and mouth into the image of Nimoy’s Spock!
I created my fantasy cast too, although I’m sure I can add more. Adam Driver as Leonard Nimoy, Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman as Max and Dora (Spinner) Nimoy, Jessica Chastain as Sandra Zober Nimoy, Michael Douglas as Gene Roddenberry, Kellan Lutz as William Shatner, Sandra Bullock as Susan Bay Nimoy, Karl Urban (of course) as DeForest Kelley and Lauren London as Nichelle Nichols. It would be written by Julie Nimoy and directed by Adam Nimoy! I’ll add more cast as I think of them.
So I have to ask, would you pay to see a Nimoy biopic? Maybe if I get enough people to vote their choices here, we can make it a reality! Please vote here! And enjoy.
Here’s today’s flashback: A four page (!) article from a 1977 movie magazine, (Probably TV Radio Mirror) raving about the Star Trek revival, this time asking if Nimoy and Shatner would be along for the ride. At the time I thought it would never really be Trek without Mr. Spock, and millions agreed. A lot of great stills here (if some are backward, which always happened in these pieces) The commentary is definitely of the era, with commentary mentioning Hank Aaron, M*A*S*H, and Fonzie. It appears the writer of the piece had a ball writing this; he or she must have subtly influenced my own style of prose, as it is very giddy with a lot of parenthesis and exclamations, and silly captions! I remember liking how it described Nimoy as ‘darkly good-looking’. Must have read it a hundred times. I think that I was happy that a ‘major’ magazine was taking Trek seriously. But I just can’t take Shatner seriously in that white prom tux and super collar!
Here’s today’s flashback: From September of 1976. Something for those of you who were unborn at the time or too young to remember. You see, way back in the before time, before the internet and Tweets, etc, there was this thing called a newspaper with many wonderful sections dealing with world events, politics, local news, weather, and since they had such wonderful revenue, they also had room for frivolous ‘entertainment’ news and even Q & A sections on the latest entertainment fads and trends. By 1976, the canceled but highly syndicated Star Trek had met its fan zenith and it’s stars were often the crux of this curiosity. Here’s a question about Nimoy’s dealings (mostly financial) with that Trek movie that Paramount was promising, and goings on about that new space shuttle from NASA that the Trekkies want to be called ‘Enterprise‘. (Even Gerald Ford got into the Trek craze, overruling NASA to let the Trekkies get their way!) I doubt they would have been so adamant about it if they knew that it would never actually fly in space! (ah, but that makes it all the nicer since we can enjoy it now, practically pristine, at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum in NYC)
I was so keen on finding anything about my favorite show and actor, I even snipped little tidbits with mere mentions of it!
I awoke this morning from a funny Trek dream. It takes place in the new Trek Movie – but with the original actors as they were in the 60’s.
At one point, Spock has to seduce a crew member to get info regarding an impending invasion. I marvel at the scene, for we only see the scene from over his lover’s uniformed shoulder; he lets his eyes do all the flirting. (ah, those Nimoy eyes) She has long black hair – This was probably a reference to a book I read many years ago called Spock, Messiah! (Oh how my Mom hated the sacrilegious title of that book! )
Mr Leslie yells at Spock –Since when can you Pon Farr at will?
Spock replies “It is always there, we can control it, but it makes you feel really weird! (Makes goofy face)
There are more crew on the Enterprise, mostly other characters from 60s TV shows! (You see the Addams Family walking the corridor!
Khan is among the villains the Enterprise has to face – we see him lying in sickbay in his gold net overalls.
At some point there is a big battle and of course the Enterprise wins. I try to rewind it on my DVR to show it to my sister, but of course it doesn’t work.
I suspect this silly dream came about because I read about the upcoming Trek 2 movie and disappointment that the villain might be Khan. I say, bring on the new movie, I can’t wait to see it! Yet after 45 years, why do I still have the occasional Trek dream? Well, they say the things you love are always in your heart, so I’ll just leave it to that. And maybe it’s because he’s 80 now, and like someone I’ve known for so long, I know that sooner or later Nimoy will pass on to eternity, and I’d just like to know if he’s ever read this blog. Hey Leonard, you there?
I’m a great fan of old movies, I watch TCM whenever I can, and I am especially a fan of old movie poster art. After doing my StarTreKomics for several months now, (and yes, there will be more) all the collage work I had been doing suddenly lit a compact fluorescent bulb over my head. Hey! Trek has always been a great adventure/romance/drama in the most cinematic way, and wouldn’t it be fun to re-imagine episodes as if they were weekly serials at the movies? Of course, they’d need a thrilling poster to attract attention. hope to do all 79 episodes, but for now, here is the first in my series of Trek Episode Movie posters; Ladies and Gentleman of all species, here is “The Cage” -Be sure to click on the image to see in in it’s full size glory!