‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director Justin Lin Takes A Side On ‘Star Trek: Axanar’ Lawsuit

What would the Vulcan High Council think of this lawsuit? A still from 'Axanar' prequel 'Prelude to Axanar.' Axanar Productions

After Star Trek fan film Axanar raised $1,212,905 between Kickstarter and Indiegogo , CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures launched a copyright infringement lawsuit against the production . Though Paramount has previously been accepting of fan films, the recent complaint objects to Axanar ’s “unauthorized exploitation of Star Trek , one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time.”

Justin Lin, director of the upcoming Star Trek Beyond , reacted to the ongoing lawsuit on Twitter:



Lin is reacting in part to an amendment to the original complaint highlighting alleged infringements ranging from the cowl neck cut of the Starfleet Command uniforms to the theft of a “science fiction action adventure” “mood and theme.”

Alleged 'Star Trek' infringement in 'Prelude to Axanar.' Photo: United States District Court
The CBS Studios and Paramount Pictures complaint alleges an infringing "mood and theme." Photo: United States District Court

Axanar producer Alec Peters told 1701 News the project attracted the suit “because of our quality.”

“There’s a reason why Prelude to Axanar and Axanar look like professional movies, because we have professionals working on them,” he said.

While the scale of production may have prompted action from the Star Trek rightsholders, fans worry that the lawsuit’s expansive list of infringements will have a chilling effect on future fan films. It seems that Justin Lin agrees with them.

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