J.J. Abrams isn’t in the director’s chair of the Star Trek franchise any more, but it looks like he and Beyond director Justin Lin may have worked together to put an end to one of the biggest debate topics in the community over the past few months, as the duo revealed last night during a Star Trek fan event on the Paramount Pictures lot, that the lawsuit between the studio and the filmmakers behind the Axanar fan film will officially be coming to an end.
Here’s Abrams’ full quote from the event:
“A few months back there was a fan film, Axonar, that was getting made and there was this lawsuit that happened between the studio and these fans and Justin, I’ll tell the story because he probably wouldn’t, was sort of outraged by this as a long time fan. We started talking about it and realized this was not an appropriate way to deal with the fans.
The fans should be celebrating this thing. Fans of Star Trek are part of this world. So he went to the studio and pushed them to stop this lawsuit and now, within the next few weeks, it will be announced this is going away, and that fans would be able to continue working on their project.”
While speaking with 1701News.com as well, Paramount Pictures confirmed that the studio is now in settlement discussions with Axanar Productions, and are currently working on new guidelines for all Star Trek fan films, without providing any other details.
The fan film has been thrown in the middle of a number of legal issues ever since late last year, when CBS sued the production for “direct, contributory and vicarious copyright infringement,” and the issues haven’t lightened up for the fan film ever since.
Axanar released a new statement following the news as well:
“While we’re grateful to receive the public support of JJ Abrams and Justin Lin, as the lawsuit remains pending, we want to make sure we go through all the proper steps to make sure all matters are settled with CBS and Paramount. Our goal from the beginning of this legal matter has been to address the concerns of the plaintiffs in a way that still allows us to tell the story of AXANAR and meets the expectations of the over 10,000 fans who financially supported our project.
There is still a lot of work to do, but receiving this kind of public support helps immensely.”
On a night meant to celebrate not only Leonard Nimoy, but also the upcoming Star Trek Beyond and the 50th anniversary this year, it was a nice touch by Abrams to make this announcement as well, especially during the current climate of skepticism running throughout the Trek community towards the new films and series.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates as well — right here on GeekNation.
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