Last year, Prelude to Axanar made its debut and fans waiting for the main event, Star Trek: Axanar, will be able to see the movie next year, just in time for the original series’ fiftieth anniversary.
In Star Trek: Axanar, the final battle between the Federation and the Klingon Empire is set approximately twenty years before James T. Kirk takes command of the USS Enterprise.
Fans will see Captain Garth before he lost his mind in the original series episode Whom Gods Destroy.
Robert Meyer Burnett is now directing Star Trek: Axanar, and promises to stay true to the original series. “We’re sticking as close as we can to the events depicted in the original series and not referencing the RPG or any of the books and comics that have been written,” he said. “Aside from Garth and Ambassador Soval, all of our characters are completely original, as are the situations presented in the film.
“We’re doing everything we can to make Axanar feel like canon. Taking place twenty-one years before TOS, who’s to say this isn’t exactly how it happened? We find that a huge number of fans have told us they consider Axanar canon because of the way we approach it, and the reverence we have for Star Trek.”
According to io9, in the image accompanying the article, Ambassador Soval (Gary Graham) and Vulcan Minister T’Lera (Kim Fitzgerald) are “discussing a very dire vote the Vulcan High Council has just made, which would have potentially dire consequences for the entire Alpha and Beta quadrants.”
Expect a character-driven film, says Burnett. “Axanar will indeed have some awesome starship combat…which uses actual space science in ways never before depicted on television or on film, but make no mistake, the film is, first and foremost, about our characters. The very last thing I’m interested in is making a ‘pew, pew, pew’ Star Trek movie. I’m taking my inspiration from the very best TOS episodes dealing with warfare; Balance of Terror, A Taste of Armageddon, Errand of Mercy and A Private Little War. I’d also look to films such as Patton, Midway and Apocalypse Now for inspiration.”
Star Trek: Axanar plans a release in the first half of 2016.