So you may have heard of the Star Wars fan film Rise of the Empire on Kickstarter. It has a lot of great people working on it, and it seems like a fun concept. The problem is that I can’t see anywhere that mentions that they have Disney’s approval. Why would you ask for people’s money when you know that you could be shut down at any moment. I don’t get why people do this. They think because they are not making a profit that their fan projects will be able to move forward. They are wrong. Big companies protect their intellectual property vigorously. I can’t see Disney allowing someone the opportunity to make a film without properly licensing it first. Plus Disney has to make sure it will work with their new universe.
If you want to try and make a fan film go ahead, but asking for people’s money to do it is irresponsible. This goes for any sort of fan project based on a licensed property. If you are going to do it, you will have to do it completely with your own money, and even then it will still probably be shut down, but at least you are just wasting your own money. This is just a bad idea.