Even though I’m taking a long break from STO at the moment (listen to me, kids, MMO-Grind = Burnout, Tongue-in-Cheek-Mayhem = FUN!), that doesn’t mean I’m tired of Star Trek as a franchise.
Have you seen Star Trek Axanar? If not, go take a peek.
Or, if you’re like me, look at this:
In one word? HOLY SHIT.
Apparently this thing is a kickstarter, fan-funded project. And that’s just the “prelude”, a short film to set up the main event.
Sorry, did I say HOLY SHIT?
Seriously, this thing looks absolutely insane. The special effects make the TV shows look like junior high projects. The documentary-style acting is impeccable. And the setting/story? WOW. As much as I enjoyed JJ’s Star Trek reboot, I would much, MUCH rather watch Axanar as a feature film.
Except, of course, CBS and Paramount decided on December 29, 2015 to sic their army of lawyers on the project, filed for an injunction and damages in California federal court, stating Axanar works infringe their rights by making use of “innumerable copyrighted elements of Star Trek, including its settings, characters, species, and themes.”
Now I can understand license holders wanting to, and it is well within their rights to protect their intellectual property. But traditionally Paramount’s approach to the Trek franchise is to allow fanmade projects to proceed as long as they don’t make profits. So why suddenly a change in attitude? Worse yet, Axanar has been in the pipeline since early 2014. They achieved their funding requirements almost two years ago, and Paramount/CBS decided to file a lawsuit just as production was starting? Yes, I smell something stinky.
My personal theory? We all heard that there is a new Trek TV series being developed by CBS. Maybe they’re afraid the high production value of Axanar is going to make the TV show look bad by comparison…. and that’s not good if they are trying to find legs for a new series. And then there’s my conspiracy theory: Paramount and CBS saw what Axanar is doing, figure they can make big money off the concept, and want to steal the idea for themselves.
Regardless, I’d love to see Axanar some day in its full glory.