The American novelist, one of the founders of the Israeli Air Force, died on April 28. A man of cinema, he wrote the screenplay for Robert Wise’s science fiction film in 1979.
He was a man of many talents. American novelist Harold Livingston, co-screenwriter of Star Trek the movie (1979) by Robert Wise, died on April 28 in California where he resided.
Before becoming a novel and screenplay writer, Harold Livingston had a very rich life. Born in 1924, he joined the US Air Force during World War II as a radio operator and shore navigator. Passionate about aeronautics, in 1948 he became one of the founders of the Israeli Air Force.
From the 1950s, he opened a new chapter in his life: writing. The novelist Livingston writes like an insatiable discoverer of the world and the airspaces. His first work, The Coasts of the Earthreleased in 1954. Will follow The Detroiters (1958), The Climacticon (1960), Ride a Tiger: A Novel (1987), Touch the sky (1991), Die in Babylon (1993), and No trophy, no sword (1994).
A sky and space specialist
In the mid-1960s, he understood that his pen could also be put to the service of cinema. Harold Livingston first began to exercise his talents on television soap opera scenarios. Episode Blue Light (The Friendly Enemy) is one of his first successes. He will also participate in the writing of some stories of the cult series Impossible mission.
His greatest accomplishment will remain the screenplay of Star Trek the movie in 1979. Robert Wise, the director, needs a man who knows the technologies of the sky and space intimately. Livingston represents, in his eyes, the perfect intellectual assistant, a sort of modern Jules Verne capable of describing and staging the probe Travel 6, one of the key elements of the plot. The film will be successful: with 140 million dollars in revenue for a budget of 44 million, Paramount thinks it has found the right answer to the tornado Star Wars which shook screens around the world a year earlier. It will be the first in a film series which now has 13 feature films. And that’s why for many fans of the adventures star trekHarold Livingston will remain one of the wizards who will have transformed a cult series into a cult franchise.
Trailer Star Trek the movie in 1979, by Robert Wise, scenario Harold Livingston