Fan-made Star Trek films? March 26, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios filed an amazing amended complaint Monday in their lawsuit over the fan-made Axanar films. A little background: Paramount has allowed Star Trek fan films in the past, as long as they didn’t make a profit, but crowdfunding has changed the landscape. Producer Alec Peters was able to raise more than $100,000 for his first short film, Prelude to Axanar. The resulting 21-minute mockumentary, with slick production values and recognizable actors, premiered at San Diego’s Comic-Con in 2014:
Peters and his company Axanar Productions used the film as a proof-of-concept for a feature-length fan film, for which they raised $650,000. At that budget, it turned out Paramount and CBS were a little less tolerant of the use of Star Trek properties, and filed a lawsuit against Peters and his collaborators in December.
A lot hinges on how the film – if ever made, is distributed to viewers. If free would that mean it retained its ‘fan-made’ status?