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Shatner, Nimoy Collaborate On Independent Film

By Michelle
September 22, 2004 - 4:17 PM

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy have teamed up to make a time-travel film about the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk in Iowa.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reported that the actor had arrived fresh from his Emmy Award victory in Riverside, the self-adopted future birthplace of Kirk. Invasion Iowa, co-written by Shatner and Nimoy, focuses on the theme of regret and the notion of traveling back in time to fix mistakes made in the past and utilizes the rural Iowa town of less than 1000 to create a small-town setting. The mayor's son is among the locals cast in speaking roles for the film.

"The movie is my passion," said Shatner, who said he had been pitching the film for a long time. The independent company Glacier Point Productions is financing the film, which will shoot in Riverside through September 30th. Shatner's publicist said that the film had a budget of $4 million and would film at the local Red Barn stage, St. Mary's Church and Murphy's Bar & Grill, putting about a million of the film's dollars into the Iowa economy.

Riverside is the home of Trek Fest, where fans gather each June to celebrate the not-yet-born Captain Kirk. Seven area residents were cast in the movie, while others will appear as extras. Priceline.com will make a documentary of the filming for the DVD release.

"We finally got Captain Kirk to Riverside," said former Riverside council member Steve Miller. "It is wonderful."

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