Yesterday, Axanar Productions’ Alec Peters received a phone call from Tommy Kraft, the director/producer of STAR TREK: HORIZON regarding a request from CBS that Tommy not launch his planned crowdfunding campaign to finance FEDERATION RISING, a planned sequel to HORIZON. Tommy also shared that CBS is apparently planning on contacting other fan productions in an effort to get them to suspend production as well.
While we’re disappointed Tommy’s plans for FEDERATION RISING have come to a stop, we were pleased to hear CBS’s approach was direct and businesslike and not a lawsuit requesting potentially millions of dollars in damages, pre-emptively announced through the industry trade press. By providing a “head’s up” to Tommy, Ryan and the rest of the cast and crew at Horizon, CBS can avert the legal mess they’ve created with Axanar Productions.
We understand that the production team behind STAR TREK: HORIZON still plans on producing great stories in the future. We wish them well and will support them in their future endeavors in whatever way we can.