Just six months after Paramount and CBS announced they have filed a lawsuit against Star Trek:Axanar for copyright infringement, creators of the crowdfunding success have unleashed the film’s first two trailers.
The film has raised over $1 million through Indiegogo and Kickstarter campaigns. Although it is considered a feature film, it will be broken down into four episodes following the four acts of the script.
California-based Axanar Productions previously explained:
“Axanar is the first independent Star Trek film. While some may call it a ‘fan film’ as we are not licensed by CBS, Axanar has professionals working in front and behind the camera. A fully professional crew, many of whom have worked on Star Trek itself ensure Axanar will be the quality of Star Trek that all fans want to see.
“But Axanar is not just an independent Star Trek film; it is the beginning of a whole new way that fans can get the content they want, by funding it themselves. Why dump hundreds or thousands of dollars a year on 400 cable channels, when what you really want is a few good sci-fi shows? Hollywood is changing. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other providers are redefining content delivery, and Axanar Productions/Ares Studios hopes to be part of that movement.”
Paramount and CBS have viewed it as a violation of their intellectual property and filed a lawsuit in California federal court to halt its making. The complaint stated:
“The Axanar Works infringe Plaintiffs’ works by using innumerable copyrighted elements of Star Trek, including its settings, characters, species, and themes.”
Now, Paramount and CBS continued the battle with Axanar by amending the lawsuit to include the use both Klingon language and Vulcan ears. While the film has yet to be filmed, both companies are pretty much looking to make sure that this production does not see the light of day.
Check out the trailers below.
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