Paramount, CBS sue producer of 'Star Trek' fan film

'Star Trek' rights holders set phasers to 'lawyer'

Published Wed, Dec 30 2015 10:42 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:02 PM CST

On the eve of the franchise's 50th anniversary, 'Star Trek' rights holders Paramount and CBS have teamed up to defend their intellectual property by sending a cease and desist to the makers of an upcoming full length fan film 'Axanar', which is being billed as the first of its kind to be made with studio-level production quality.

Paramount, CBS sue producer of 'Star Trek' fan film |

In a statement to BleedingCool, producer Alec Peters said "like everything related to Axanar Productions, we take this matter very seriously and remain open to discussing solutions with all parties that can be mutually beneficial"

With a budget of over $1 million dollars predominantly raised by Kickstarter and with behind the scenes luminaries such as 'Free Enterprise' director Robert Meyer Burnett, who previously produced the award winning documentary material for the recent 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Blu-ray releases and visual effects producer Tobias Richter who contributed to that series' newly remastered visuals. To date, the studios have tolerated and even encouraged the production of fan films, but 'Axanar' has apparently incurred the wrath of the studios due to the professional nature of the production, which could overshadow the release of the upcoming 'Star Trek Beyond' film - the third film in the rebooted film franchise.

Ben joined the TweakTown team in 2008 and has since reviewed 100s of movies. Ben is based in Australia and has been writing entertainment based news and reviews since 2002 and for TweakTown since 2007. A student of film, Ben brings a wide understanding of the medium to the latest happenings in entertainment circles and the latest blockbuster theatrical reviews.

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