December ended and January kicked off with the news that CBS Studios, Inc. and Paramount Pictures Corporation were suing Axanar Productions and Alec Peters for copyright infringement regarding a Star Trek fan.
This film was fan funded with a budget of $1 million, a territory that’s rather new, and likely what raised some flags at CBS and Paramount. The film was to take place 21 years before the original Star Trek and was the story of Garth of Izar, a Starfleet Captain, and his crew during the Four Years War, which was between the Klingon Empire and the Federation.
Axanar Productions has announced that they have engaged Winston & Strawn, one of the leading IP practices in the country, to provide legal counsel in its lawsuit. Representing Axanar Productions and Peters will be attorneys Erin Ranahan and Andrew Jick from the firm’s Los Angeles office.
CBS and Paramount’s suit asks for damages from the production company, Peters, and unnamed defendants involved in the production of Prelude to Axanar.
Axanar Productions has suspended fundraising activities for the production and announced a delay in principal photography while the lawsuit plays out.
Axanar has until February 22nd for their formal response to the court. We’ll be following this story closely as it plays out, especially its impact of fan films in general.
Check out the impressive movie done up by Michael Habjan in CGI that features a match between Superman and the Hulk. The movie was started a while ago, but the third most recent part was posted a few days ago.
Batman fan films seem to be a popular thing online these days. Arkham Rising is a fan film set during the events of The Dark Knight Rises.
Following Batman’s defeat at the hands of the mercenary known as Bane, Gotham City has fallen into chaos. Criminals have been freed to roam the streets. Gotham City is held hostage as not even the National Guard can find a way to release Gotham from its captors.
Law enforcement has broken down. The guards at Arkham Asylum, hearing the fate of their counterparts at Black Gate Prison, have abandoned their posts. Only the mentally unstable inmates and those foolish enough to try and engage them remain in Arkham now.
Arkham Rising is a fan film meant to answer one of the most asked fan questions at the end of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy and set the stage for a post Dark Knight Rises Gotham.
Someone’s been letting inmates out of Arkham Asylum…
In the months following the death of Harvey Dent, Batman, still a wanted fugitive, is pushed to his limits as a new crime wave hits Gotham. Batman’s search to find who’s responsible leads him to a showdown with the masochistic serial killer Victor Zsasz.
Meanwhile Gotham’s newest crime boss, a mysterious figure known as Scarface, has an meeting with Edward Nigma, an FBI agent, sworn to bring down Batman at all costs.
Popeye The Sailor is a short fan film, directed and Starring Michael Valentine as “Popeye” and Orlando Candelario as “Bar Brawlin’ Boyd”.
(via Topless Robot)
Robot Underdog put together this Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man fan film and are looking for more funding to do more. The video isn’t too bad, though seems to miss the innocence portrayed in the comic, instead focusing on the action. We’ll also see how long it is before Marvel squashes this.