A new feature-length fan film will be set in the world of Star Trek: Enterprise, after the fourth season of the prematurely-cancelled series.
In Star Trek: Horizon, “the Coalition of Planets, a young alliance of worlds led by Earth, is at war with the Romulan Empire,” and “forms an alliance with T’mar, a Romulan deserter, in the hopes that she can provide valuable intelligence on her former masters.”
The crew of the NX-04 Discovery is captained by Captain Harrison Hawke, who took command of the ship just as the war with the Romulan Empire began.
“Star Trek: Horizon is a feature-length film, made by fans in love with Star Trek, that is set during the time of Enterprise (the fifth Star Trek series). It is our goal to create a feature film that is worthy of the name Star Trek and that can close out the story threads that were left hanging after Enterprise‘s untimely cancellation in 2005.”
Tommy Kraft, the filmmaker behind Star Trek: Horizon, explained how the project came to be and what fans can expect from the movie.
TrekToday: When you decided to get out of game development, why did you choose to develop short films instead?
Kraft: Game development was always more of a hobby for me. I was never able to find the passion that I have with film that allows me to sink my entire life into a project for years on end, as I have with Horizon. I absolutely love a good video game that tells a good story, so who knows, I could end up doing that again someday!
TrekToday: After almost a dozen other films, why did you decide upon Star Trek as a topic?
Kraft: I’ve always been a dreamer and a huge sci-fi fan. As a very young kid I’d watch Star Trek and it would captivate me so much with all of the amazing possibilities and ideas it presented. Until now, I never felt I had the experience to do a feature film justice, let alone a Star Trek feature film.
TrekToday: Why did you go with the time frame of Star Trek: Enterprise instead of one of the more popular Trek televised series?
Kraft: The answer is kind-of similar to why I chose to do a Star Trek fan film. Around a year and a half ago, I was going through a very hard time. Having not watched Enterprise since it first aired, I decided to start watching it again. It was like an entirely new show to me, and I absolutely fell in love with it. It became my favorite Star Trek series, and was actually quite instrumental in changing my life and helping me find myself. Not only do I think Enterprise told some great stories, but it has great personal meaning to me as well, which is a combination that has given me endless inspiration to keep working on this project day-and-night for the past year.
TrekToday: What do you expect fans to take away from Star Trek: Horizon?
Kraft: Hopefully, they’ll come away feeling like they’ve just experienced a classic Star Trek story that not only builds on what has come before, but finishes storylines that Enterprise didn’t get a chance to when they were cancelled. I wanted to tell an emotional story, an action-packed story, and a moral story, and I think I’ve hit upon a script that manages to do all of those things quite well.
TrekToday: What will be the next project, after Star Trek: Horizon?
Kraft: Honestly, I’m not sure yet. I’ve been thinking about a number of things that I’d like to do, but I haven’t made any concrete decisions. I’ve been thinking a lot about doing an original space epic I’ve been writing for the past few years, but my entire life is Horizon right now, so I’ll jump off that bridge when I come to it.
TrekToday: Thank you, Mr. Kraft!
A Kickstarter program will begin within a week or so for Star Trek: Horizon, to help fund some of the filming costs. Fans will be able to see the first five minutes of the film when the Kickstarter campaign begins. TrekToday will provide the link to the Kickstarter campaign on both Facebook and Twitter once the campaign goes live.
Star Trek: Horizon is expected to be released at the end of the year.