Okay, no one panic! CBS isn’t going all lawsuit-happy again. In fact, it’s possible that their experience in the Axanar lawsuit has resulted in a new approach to dealing with Star Trek fan films that concern them: Ask questions first, shoot later.
The first time post-lawsuit that CBS contacted a fan filmmaker with concerns was early in 2016 when Tommy Kraft was trying to raise $250,000 for Star Trek: Federation Rising, his sequel to Star Trek: Horizon. CBS requested strongly (but politely) that Tommy shut down the project, and he complied.
CBS has been pretty quiet since then when it comes to fan films, until now. SAMUEL COCKINGS recently released his trailer for STAR TREK: TEMPORAL ANOMALY, a fan production he has been working on for five years. I interviewed him about that project here. For reasons that will likely become super-obvious when you view the trailer, this planned fan film raised some red flags with CBS for not following a few of the announced guidelines.
Star Trek: Temporal Anomaly was supposed to premiere today on YouTube. Instead, apparently CBS has asked for (apparently, again, politely) for some changes before it gets released. Samuel Cockings just posted this announcement to the Temporal Anomaly Facebook page:
While the intent was to release Temporal Anomaly today we were contacted by CBS and are now delaying release of the film until those discussions are concluded and resolved. These have been polite communications and we thank CBS for their approach in dealing with these concerns.
We had hoped to release the project in its pre-guideline state as Temporal Anomaly was written in 2013 and filmed in 2013/2014 however a public release of this now dubbed “Directors Cut” is no longer possible.
A public altered edit of the film may be able to be produced but we are in the early stages of that.
Thank you for the support and interest you have shown, there will be an update on Kickstarter for our backers shortly.
More news as it becomes available…