What an amazing fan film. 20 minutes of sheer bliss. There is a momentous & epic feeling to this prelude that the other films haven’t had since Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
The original goal was a full length feature film with A-list actors, A-list writing, A-list production & filming. Written by & for Star Trek fans. Through kickstarter, Alec Peters, the creator, rasied $1.1M.
Well, the Prelude (and the money) was so good that CBS/Paramount sued the creators/producers for copyright infringement. Here’s a video that goes over the lawsuit.
Alec Peters lost the suit… and everyone mourned what looked to be the end of Axanar Productions. Today, it was announced that a settlement had been reached. Instead of a feature film, 2 15min short films will be released, meaning that Alec Peters is having to rewrite and rejigger his plans.
But at least one good thing came out of this. As Alec Peters said today to Ars Technica:
“We’re not paying anything.”
For more on the conflict over Axanar, visit the article on Ars Technica:
- Axanar Productions, Paramount, and CBS settle Star Trek copyright lawsuit
For more on this film, visit their web site. And maybe donate a buck or two.