Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin recently took to Twitter to state his stand on the copyright issues having to do with a new crowdfunded Star Trek project.
The director revealed that the debate about rights had gotten a bit out of hand and that he stands with fans about not fussing too much and being so fickle about borrowing from previous Star Trek films. The director sourced a piece by The Hollywood Reporter which revealed that Paramount was going after the crowdfunded film project, entitled "Axanar," for using Klingons in their movie.
This is getting ridiculous! I support the fans. Trek belongs to all of us.https://t.co/mYMqIDXqHu
- Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) March 14, 2016
Paramount is going after the producers of this crowdfunded film, led by Alec Peters, for innumerable copyright infringements, including the tiniest details like the likeness of the characters and stylistic choices.
Meanwhile, in other news related to Star Trek Beyond, reshoots for the film are currently underway with a new character on board. Shohreh Aghdashloo has joined the cast, and she will be playing the part of High Command of the Federation. Zoe Saldana, who plays Enterprise communications officer Uhura, posted pictures from the set if the reshoots, revealing that the more traditional '60s uniform—with full sleeves—from Star Trek was still part of the mix.
Star Trek Beyond is the third entry in the rebooted sci-fi franchise, which already includes Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013). The first two were helmed by J.J. Abrams, who's now busy heading up the Star Wars sequels, so this one is directed by Fast & Furious reviver Justin Lin with the familiar crew of Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin) all set to return.
Watch a teaser, the prelude to Axanar: