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Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar Hits Kickstarter Goal in Just 14 Hours

by Conner Flynn

The independent fan film Star Trek: Prelude Axanar launched on Kickstarter this past Saturday to raise funds. The goal was a modest $10,000(USD) and it was a 30-day fundraiser, so they figured the goal would be hit, but they didn’t expect it to happen so quickly.
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The goal was reached in just 14 hours, so I think it is safe to say that Star Trek fans really really want this. Now the $15,000(USD) and $20,000(USD) stretch goals have also been met within the first two days, and it’s still going strong.

Axanar refers to the planet at the border of Federation and Klingon space where the Battle of Axanar (mentioned in TOS) took place. Garth of Izar, the legendary Starfleet captain who was Captain Kirk’s hero, is captain of the USS Ares and is the central figure for Prelude and an upcoming feature film to be created by the same team (to be funded by its own Kickstarter project.)

Prelude to Axanar will be a short historical look at the events leading up to the battle, and it will be the central event of the film Axanar, which will film later this year. Prelude to Axanar will show how Starfleet built its fleet, how they held off a Klingon fleet that had been conquering star systems for centuries and how did Garth of Izar came to be regarded as the greatest Starfleet Captain.

This is proof that people want a new Star Trek. Badly. I can’t wait to see this one myself.

[via Geeks Are Sexy]

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Comments (2):

  1. Lars Di Scenza says:

    This movie looks to be a fantastic story with the potential for incredible production values. We interviewed cast member Gary Graham regarding his role in Axanar and Star Trek: Renegades and you can listen to it here: http://3x2cast.com/?page_id=2104

  2. Todd Shawn says:


    My name is Todd Shawn Tei and I’m producing a new and exciting film called “STAR TREK: CAPTAIN PIKE”.

    This is the story of Captain Pike when he first takes command of the Enterprise and his first mission aboard her. This will be a proposed Pilot for CBS.

    Star Trek: Captain Pike is a ground breaking independent film that will be helmed by professionals who all work in the entertainment industry. From cast and crew to writers, director and actors.

    HERE’S THE LINK, posted this week –

    We would like to ask if you could share our info and links with your supporters.
    This will be the BIGGEST Star Trek Fan film ever made!

    Here is the All-Star Cast list –

    RAY WISE (Reaper, Twin Peaks, Star Trek: Next Generation & Voyager) AS ADMIRAL JOSH PIKE (USS CONSTITUTION)

    BRUCE DAVISON (X-Men, Star Trek: Voyager & Enterprise, Lost, Legend of Korra) AS CAPTAIN ROBERT APRIL (USS ENTERPRISE)


    LINDA PARK (Star Trek: Enterprise, Legends TV series) AS CAPTAIN JULIE DECKER (USS REPUBLIC)



    SEAN KENNEY (Star Trek TOS: Captain Pike & Lt. DePaul) AS COMMODORE DePAUL

    JORGE PALLO (Insidious Chapter 2, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, 24, Sons of Anarchy) AS CAPTAIN DAMIAN SANDOVAL (USS LEXINGTON)

    The Synopsis –

    STAR TREK: CAPTAIN PIKE will be a (45 MIN) Pilot film that will lead into, and act as the prequel to, the feature length “STAR TREK: ENCOUNTER AT RIGEL

    If you saw the original series Star Trek Pilot “The Cage”, then you remember Captain Pike discussing his previous mission with the ships doctor and seeing many flashbacks throughout the episode.

    At the beginning of The Cage, set in the year 2254, Pike and his crew are recuperating from a mission to Rigel VII during which several members of the landing party were killed by the inhabitants. The incident filled Pike with so much guilt that he is considering resigning his commission.

    In Encounter at Rigel, you will see this story. The original series never showed us what happened, only quick flashbacks, but never the whole story.

    “Star Trek: Captain Pike” has already begun to attract media attention as well as interest from many actors and studio executives who are interested in seeing this innovative new project.

    Captain Pike has the one of the best visual effects artists in the world!
    Tobias Richter. He will be creating all our ships and visual effects.

    The Captain Pike team (Rigel 7 Productions) knows that Trek fans are intelligent and love the series and films with a passion. Our film Star Trek: Captain Pike will have that passion. Not made by a studio, but made by true fans of Star Trek, including all the famous actors who are involved in this project.

    We would appreciate any help you could give us by posting links, photos, banners and mentioning our project on your awesome site.
    In exchange, we will send you some Captain Pike shirts and swag for helping us out!

    Risk? Risk is what this Kickstarter’s all about! But that is our mission!


    Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

    Todd Shawn Tei
    Producer – Star Trek: Captain Pike


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