(written from a Production point of view)
Harold Antill Livingston (born 4 September 1924; age 91) 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.
He 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)
In 2001 he was interviewed for the special feature Phase II: The Lost Enterprise on the Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition) DVD.
Hugo Awards nomination
- 1980 Hugo Award nomination as screenplay writer in the category "Best Dramatic Presentation" for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, shared with Robert Wise, Alan Dean Foster and Gene Roddenberry
- "Behind the Scenes: Harold Livingston-Writing the first Star Trek movie", Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 8, December 2001, pp. 82-83