CROWDFUNDED STAR TREK MOVIE DRAWS LAWSUIT FROM PARAMOUNT, CBS: As the Hollywood Reporter notes, Star Trek: Axanar, “the subject of a lawsuit filed on Friday in California federal court, is no ordinary Star Trek film. The forthcoming feature film (preceded by a short film) is the source of more than $1 million in crowdfunding on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.”Why yes, yes it does.
Perhaps the crowdfunding aspect of this production and the amount of money raised so far sent up a giant red flag with Paramount’s lawyers, who in the past have been remarkably laissez-faire when it comes to the prolific amount of video Star Trek fan fiction, such as Starship Exeter, Star Trek Continues and the long-running Star Trek: Phase II series. The latter two productions have featured a number of actors who’ve appeared on the various real, Paramount-produced Star Trek TV series and movies, sometimes playing their original characters.
I hope the filmmakers and the studio come to a mutually amicable arrangement, as the trailer looked pretty awesome....
The 21-minute "prelude video":