Yesterday news broke that Paramount Pictures & CBS have raised a lawsuit against Axanar Productions. Which is the company behind the crowd funded movie project Star Trek Axanar. Axanar have raised over $1 million in funding from Kickstarter & Indiegogo.
here is the link to a news artical relating to this.
To view the Prelude To Axanar please watch it below.
I am fully opposed to the action being taken by Paramount & CBS regarding this matter.
Firstly Star Trek has always been about the community and the fandom. The fans are what make a show or franchise popular without the fans a series is nothing. Over the years there have been some fantastic fan made Star Trek projects including Of God and Men, Star Trek Phase Two & more recently Star Trek Renegades & Star Trek Continues. In the past fan made films have been permitted by the studios and fans are not discouraged to cosplay and promote Trek Fandom.
Star Trek Axanar have several Star Trek a amuni actors in it. J.G Hertzler (General Martok), Tony Todd (Kurn & Adult Jake Sisko) & Gary Graham reprising his role of Soval from Star Trek Enterprise. Plus on top of these fine actors it also stars Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica). So it has an excellent cast and also wants to produce a high quality product for the fans.
Axanars story in the original Star Trek universe (not the JJverse reboot of 2009) and sets it’s events just before and during the year 2245 (when The Enterprise NCC-1701 is launched). This places it before the events of either the first Trek pilot “The Cage” or the main Star Trek original series (set in 2266).
I would pose the question to the reader given the Axanar story is set in the prime universe not the JJverse and despite the box office of Star Trek (2009) and Into Darkness (2013).
Are fans wanting a return to the primary Trek universe? Are Paramount & CBS worried about the popularity of Axanar and it’s potential success when it is fully released?
I hope that this lawsuit does not go through or is not successful and the Axanar is allowed to continue and gets released. It is good for Star Trek that Axanar exists and it is good for the fans of Star Trek that it is being made.