If you’re a Star Trek fan, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Axanar. The ambitious upcoming production has reached a new level of quality when it comes to fan films.
The film has such a high production value, it even caught the eye of CBS and Paramount who filed a lawsuit against the Axanar creators alleging copyright infringement. However, as Axanar producer Alec Peters pointed out last January, while the film aims for a studio-quality look, it is to be totally non-commercial and is simply a love letter to the franchise.
Fortunately, the creators of Axanar and CBS announced that the lawsuit had been settled last week and the film will be shown as two fifteen-minute segments that can be distributed on YouTube. Here is the official synopsis of the film:
“Axanar takes place 21 years before the events of ‘Where no Man Has Gone Before’, the first Kirk episode of the original Star Trek. Axanar is the story of Garth of Izar, the legendary Starfleet captain who is Captain Kirk’s hero. We met Garth in the third season TOS episode Whom Gods Destroy. Kirk called Garth the role model for all future Starfleet Officers. Garth charted more planets than any other Captain and was the hero of the Battle of Axanar, the story of which is required reading at the academy. This is that story.
Axanar tells the story of Garth and his crew during the Four Years War, the war with the Klingon Empire that almost tore the Federation apart. Garth’s victory at Axanar solidified the Federation and allowed it to become the entity we know in Kirk’s time.
It is the year 2245 and the war with the Klingons ends here.”
Of course, OWC is a proud sponsor and supporter of Axanar with its gear being used to help bring the film to life. Recently, long-time Star Trek fan and OWC CEO Larry O’Connor joined the official Axanar podcast to discuss OWC solutions and how they’ve made the difference for the film’s production. You can listen to the episode here.
We here at the Rocket Yard are excited to see the case conclude and are looking forward to seeing the finished product. Stay tuned to the Rocket Yard for updates!