CBS Brings Lawsuit to Crowdfunded ‘Star Trek’ Prequel Film

By December 30, 2015

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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  • Amechi Amanugi

    Wasn’t sure what the headline meant. It could mean that either they no longer want to sue (therefore DROPPING the lawsuit) or intent to sue (dropping “ON” in the contemporary vernacular as in, “My new tunes just “dropped”). For a second I was hopeful since I thought it was the former meaning. 🙁 But since is actually says in the title “dropped… on” I should have known.

    • Totally agree with you. We fixed the headline.

      • Amechi Amanugi

        OMG! You are so totally awesome! Thanks!!!

  • Charon Atchison

    Yeah, headline needs some work. “Dropping a lawsuit” mean deciding not to follow through with the suit, or no longer pressing charges.

  • David Johnson

    Wonder if they donate any money left over or made to charity & let CBS look at the books if they’d allow the project to proceed.

  • Richard Knights

    CBS has ignored fan efforts in the past, but CBS did not have its own series running in conflict with a fan project of this size. I’m expecting more of these lawsuits, soon.

  • Jason Easterman

    CBS would be doing itself a favor to pick up the film as a major spin off feature of Star Trek, fully fund it, plaster it with bells and whistles from ILM and release it to the big screen for wide distribution. I think that the current Trek would only increase its popularity and box office take with good background story since the current reboot takes place in the 25 years after Axanar. CBS would make gajillions and the fans would have their three initials in a heart shaped frame all over the place.