(written from a Production point of view)
Harold Antill Livingston (born 4 September 1924; age 94) received sole screenwriting credit for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Initially, Livingston was hired as the creative producer for Star Trek: Phase II before finally being given his writing role for the film. Livingston has not written a feature film since Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
In 2001 he was interviewed for the "Phase II: The Lost Enterprise"-special feature on the Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition) DVD. A father of four, his daughter Leah appeared as one of the Enterprise crew members in the recreation deck scenes in the film her father co-wrote. (The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, p. 38)
Career outside Star TrekEdit
Livingston had previously written episodes of the TV series Mission: Impossible, which, like Star Trek: The Original Series, was produced by Desilu. He had also written for the TV series Barbary Coast, starring William Shatner (James T. Kirk on TOS).
Livingston has scripted episodes for several other television shows, including Mannix featuring Rosemary Forsyth, Banacek (including an episode directed by Herschel Daugherty), Archer (starring Brian Keith), The Fantastic Journey (starring Ike Eisenmann), and Fantasy Island (starring Ricardo Montalban). His only other motion picture writing credits besides Star Trek are the 1966 drama The Street Is My Beat (featuring John Harmon) and the 1968 Joseph Sargent-directed war drama The Hell with Heroes (featuring William Marshall and Sid Haig)
Hugo Awards nomination Edit
- 1980 Hugo Award nomination in the category Best Dramatic Presentation for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, shared with Robert Wise, Alan Dean Foster and Gene Roddenberry
Further reading Edit
- The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, 1980
- Star Trek Phase II: The Lost Series, 1997
- "Behind the Scenes: Harold Livingston-Writing the first Star Trek movie", Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 8, December 2001, pp. 82-83