“Prelude to Axanar,” a 20-minute independent Star Trek film, has successfully launched a second Kickstarter campaign to fund a feature film spin-off, “Star Trek: Axanar.”
Having raised more than $300,000, the independent production is wrapping the first of several fundraising drives on Aug. 24. Upcoming drives are seeking a final goal of $650,000.
Set 21 years before Capt. James T. Kirk’s original five-year mission, the story spotlights Garth of Izar and the events leading up to the famous Battle of Axanar, which was teased during the “Star Trek” Season 3 episode “Whom Gods Destroy.” The battle occurs during The Four Years War, a transformative showdown with the Klingon Empire that almost tore the Federation apart.
Executive producer and creator Alec Peters (“Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II”) and director Christian Gossett (“The Red Star”) are spearheading the production, which includes such actors as Richard Hatch (“Battlestar Galactica”), Gary Graham (“Alien Nation,” “Star Trek: Enterprise”), Garrett Wang (“Star Trek: Voyager”) and Kate Vernon (“Battlestar Galactica”). Gossett co-wrote the script with Peters.
Other talent aboard the project include editor Robert Meyer Burnett (“Free Enterprise”), composer Alexander Bornstein, post-production supervisor Mark Edward Lewis and creative consultant David Gerrold, who wrote such original series episodes as “The Trouble With Tribbles” and “The Cloud Minders.”
Hatch stars as Kharn, the Klingon supreme commander who leads the Empire in its war with the Federation. Also starring are Tony Todd (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Candyman”) as Adm. Ramirez; Hogan (“Battlestar Galactica”) as Robert April, former captain of the USS Enterprise; J.G. Hertzler (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) as Capt. Samuel Travis, a Starfleet veteran; Graham as the Vulcan Soval, a role the actor reprises from “Enterprise”; Vernon as Capt. Alexander; and Peters as Garth.
In “Whom Gods Destroy,” Garth (Steve Ihnat) — a legendary Starfleet captain who was one of Kirk’s personal heroes — collapsed into insanity after being injured during a rescue mission. He gained shapeshifting abilities from aliens who attempted to heal his injuries, and he was soon captured and committed to a Federation asylum.
“Star Trek: Axanar” will lens this winter in Los Angeles.
Watch “Prelude to Axanar” here.