Renegades Studios, the team that brought us “Star Trek: Of Gods And Men” in 2007 and 2008, have launched a fund raising effort to produce a pilot for a possible new online or cable series.
“Star Trek: Renegades” is a production written by Ethan H. Calk, Jack Treviño, and Sky Conway and directed by “Star Trek: Voyager’s” Tuvok, Tim Russ. They had recently completed a Kickstarter campaign which provided an initial minimum amount of funding. From their website:
Since that time, we have completed the script, and it is much more ambitious than we originally envisioned. We quickly realized the minimum budget amount we raised will not be enough to complete our production – at least not to the standards we want. We’ve already made a few cuts in the script with regard to characters, locations and visual effects. But bottom line, we want to present CBS with the absolute best, highest quality, professional product we can create, and we need more funding to do that.
The campaign also provides a brief synopsis of the pilot’s story:
Ten years after Voyager’s return from the Delta Quadrant, the Federation is in crisis. Someone has caused space and time to fold around several planets, all of which are the Federation’s main suppliers of dilithium, essentially cutting off the supply for several millennia. Starfleet’s methods to stop those responsible have been ineffective. This necessitates more drastic measures, some of which are outside the Federation’s jurisdiction. It now falls to Admiral Pavel Chekov, head of Starfleet Intelligence, and Commander Tuvok, Voyager’s former security officer and new head of the clandestine Section 31, to put together a new covert, renegade crew – primarily comprised of outcasts, rogues and even criminals. But can they refrain from killing each other to accomplish their task? That may be the bigger question…
The Indiegogo campaign is 45 days long and principal photography begins on October 2, regardless of how much they’ve raised. They’ve released a promotional video on the Indiegogo page which features both Tim Russ as well as Original Series legend Walter Koenig.
(If you are unable to see the embedded video above, please click here to view it on YouTube.)
Like most internet fund raising campaigns, there are various levels of perks available based on your level of contribution. Renegades has donation levels as low as $10.00.
The Star Trek: Renegades Indiegogo campaign can be found here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/star-trek-renegades
This looks like an exciting project and, if the promo video is any indication, it’s got lots of potential! We look forward to hearing updates on the production!