Rigel 7 Productions is hoping to enlist fan support on Kickstater to launch "Star Trek: Captain Pike," a 45-minute pilot followed by a feature-length film, "Encounter at Rigel."
Several veteran Star Trek actors have already signed aboard the project, which will explore the maiden voyage of the USS Enterprise under the command of Capt. Christopher Pike. Walter Koenig, who played Pavel Chekov in the original "Star Trek" series, will co-write the project along with Walter Doty.
"Star Trek: Captain Pike" has raised more than $27,000 of its $112,000 goal as of May 22. The campaign ends June 3.
The pilot and film will address questions raised by the first "Star Trek" pilot, "The Cage," including what happened to Pike's first officer, Number One, and science officer, Mr. Spock, on the first mission; whether Pike ever went into battle; and what alien race he encountered.
"Captain Pike" will star Todd Shawn as Pike; Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks") as Adm. Josh Pike; Robert Picardo ("Star Trek: Voyager") as Dr. Jace Zimmerman; Bruce Davison ("Star Trek: Voyager," "Enterprise") as Capt. Robert April; Linda Park ("Star Trek: Enterprise") as Capt. Julie Decker; Chase Masterson ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") as Lt. Susan Kelly; Dwight Schultz ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") as Capt. Jason Tracey; Jorge Pallo as Capt. Damian Sandoval; and Sean Kenney ("Star Trek") as Commodore DePaul.
Funds raised from the campaign will finance set construction, filming, actors and makeup. A small portion of the budget will go to charity, according to project representatives.
"The Cage" centered on the Enterprise's encounter with a powerful alien race known as the Talosians, who imprisoned Pike and members of his crew with powerful illusions. It was screened to NBC in February of 1965, but was rejected by the network, which ordered a second pilot that became "Where No Man Has Gone Before."
Footage from "The Cage" was later incorporated into the Season 1 two-parter, "The Menagerie." The complete episode, written by Gene Roddenberry and directed by Robert Butler, was released Oct. 14, 1986, on VHS.
For information, visit the "Star Trek: Captain Pike" Kickstarter page.