Set phasers to sue. (C’mon that was a good one!)
Did you guys know a hardcore Star Trek prequel was in the works? Well, it was supposed to be a fan film. That was until they raised $1 Million dollars in one of the most succesful film crowdfunding efforts ever, had professionals working in front and behind the camera and had George Takei’s apparent support.
Here’s the synopsis for Axanar:
Axanar takes place 21 years before the events of ‘Where no Man Has Gone Before’, the first Kirk episode of the original Star Trek. Axanar is the story of Garth of Izar, the legendary Starfleet captain who is Captain Kirk’s hero… Axanar tells the story of Garth and his crew during the Four Years War, the war with the Klingon Empire that almost tore the Federation apart. Garth’s victory at Axanar solidified the Federation and allowed it to become the entity we know in Kirk’s time. It is the year 2245 and the war with the Klingons ends here.
I really want to see that and not just because the main guy’s name is Garth. (Which is awesome) I may not be able to however as CBS and Paramount dropped the court bomb, suing for intergalactic copyright infringement (I added the intergalactic part but you knew that). The complaint reads:
The Axanar Works infringe Plaintiffs’ works by using innumerable copyrighted elements of Star Trek, including its settings, characters, species, and themes.
Back in August Producer Alec Peters was confident this wouldn’t happen when he told TheWrap that he had meetings with CBS who allegedly told him that the film couldn’t make any money:
CBS has a long history of accepting fan films. I think Axanar has become so popular that CBS realizes that we’re just making their brand that much better.
Who knows what made the Studios pull out the suits…either way it doesn’t look good for anyone. I’m built to root for the little guy but it is a little hard to see how this could have ended any differently. You still have to feel bad for a group clearly passionate about what they were doing.
Hopefully the Studio and the film-makers can work something out. Hopefully we get to see this cool idea on screen in some fashion, someday. Sure, it’s a long shot but a dude can dream.
How do you feel about this GeekNation? Should CBS & Paramount just sit back on their millions and let this movie happen? Thanks to THR for the story.
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