TrekUnited Ends Campaign To Save 'Enterprise'By Michelle
April 18, 2005 - 8:07 PM
TrekUnited has reportedly ended its campaign to bring about a fifth season for Star Trek: Enterprise by soliciting contributions from fans and independent producers.
"Our final proposal was knocked down by Paramount. We will not see a season five for Star Trek Enterprise," wrote Jane Braz in a post at the Trek Fans United Forum, speaking on behalf of TrekUnited founder Tim Brazeal. The group said that it would begin refunding donations on Monday or Tuesday.
Brazeal stated that Paramount would confirm that talks had taken place between the group and the studio, although Paramount sources have repeatedly denied that such discussions took place and claimed to have written to the TrekUnited campaign in March stating that no funds would be accepted from fans to film a fifth season of the fifth Star Trek series. IGN Filmforce reported that the studio had decided to pass on the offer made by Canadian producer Al Vinci, who mentioned investors including other Canadian producers and British satellite service SkyOne.
"When asked about a rumor that the studio had been quietly planning since the middle of season two on ceasing production after season four, an executive involved with Enterprise said they couldn't comment specifically on that rumor but that it was 'very likely,'" IGN reported. The site also stated that many Trek crewmembers are now working on executive producer Brannon Braga's new CBS series Threshold, which stars Brent Spiner (Data).
TrekUnited had secured three million-dollar pledges from donors in the aerospace industry and tens of thousands of dollars from fans. No announcement has been made on the TrekUnited web site about the fate of the campaign as of this writing, and a "Save Enterprise" barbecue is still listed as scheduled for Houston this upcoming weekend.