Star trek “Axanar” has been working tirelessly to create a professionally produced studio quality Star Trek film about the legendary starship captain, Garth of Izar, as played by the project’s lead producer, Alec Peters.
While the story of Axanar takes place against the backdrop of the Intergalactic War between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, it seems that the first shots fired in this conflict were in the form of a lawsuit filed in California Federal Court by attorneys representing Paramount and CBS as owners of the Star trek franchise.
To date there have been and continue to be many other Star Trek fan films and related web based Trek fan projects, “Axanar” is unlike the others with respect to the scope and quality of the work and energy being put into the project.
Axanar would in essence be the first truly independent Star trek film capable of standing toe to toe with previous Star trek franchise professional films. The producers of Axanar and Peters have been quite vocal and dedicated in their pursuit of excellence where this special and fan favorite project has been concerned.
From the professional production facilities and crew, to many actual Star Trek and genre actors working on the project along with the caliber of simply stunning visual effects and related very impressive and even caring and reverent work being produced by the Axanar production, not to mention the sizeable ‘One Million Dollars’ raised by internet crowdfunding on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Paramount and CBS seem to be drawing a line in the sand and saying, “No further!”
It would seem that the Star Trek powers that be have chosen to view the Axanar production as having violated the franchises intellectual property rights with respect to the settings, characters, species, and other related themes that make Star Trek what it is for almost 50 years now.
Attorneys for Paramount and CBS have requested that the Federal Court in which its complaint was filed, grant them injunctive relief so as to legally stop all current and pending work from being performed on the Axanar production. The Star Trek franchise owners are also seeking monetary damages for what they feel are direct, contributory and vicarious copyright infringement violations of the Star trek franchise.
While Peters and his fellow Axanar producers seem to be inclined to fight this lawsuit with the hopes of finishing and releasing what to date promises to be a visually stunning and loving vision of Star Trek through the heroic tale of Alec Peter’s favorite Trek character, Garth of Izar, the question of exactly what is motivating this lawsuit begs to be asked.
If in fact Peter’s and the Producers of Axanar along with the amazing team of dedicated professionals and fans who continue to pour their hearts and souls into creating a story purely for their love for Star Trek, that seems to not only have the backing of so many Star Trek fans, but will in fact not profit from the film’s release; what then is the harm and who would in fact stand to gain from killing off Axanar just as the production seemed to be finding its stride and in fact on tract toward becoming a reality?
Only time it seems will tell as we continue to follow this unfolding Star Trek drama, but hopefully what will win at the end of this intergalactic day in court will be the true vision and spirit of Star trek.