Michael Dorn Developing ‘Star Trek: Captain Worf’ TV Series

Posted Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 10:00 am GMT -4 by

Earlier in the year we reported that Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer were teaming together to get a small screen version of ‘Star Trek’ back on the air. It seems they weren’t the only ones who thought this would be a great idea as Michael Dorn has been kicking the idea around also with his version called ‘Star Trek: Captain Worf’.

Many Trekkies know Dorn as Worf, the son of Mogh and the first Klingon to become a main character in the ‘Star Trek’ universe. Worf was also the only character that was a regular in two live action ‘Star Trek’ shows, ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ and ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ and appeared in all 4 of the ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ feature films. To say that Dorn has experience in the ‘Star Trek’ universe is an understatement!

A few months ago, there was talk about a perspective Worf-centric spinoff that Dorn was half-heartedly pitching to see if it would gain interest.

“I had come up with the idea because I love the character and I think he’s a character that hasn’t been fully developed and hasn’t been fully realized. Once I started thinking about it, it became obvious to me that I wanted to at least put it out there, which I have, and the response has been pretty amazing. We’ve been contacted by different individuals–I can’t say who and all that–about wanting to come on board and be part of this.”

Specifics of the series haven’t been ironed out but it has been suggested that the series could take on a darker tone with Worf captaining his own Federation ship.

Surprisingly, he wasn’t the only one who thought this was a great idea:

“Interestingly enough it has gotten traction. I was very surprised, I was on a movie not too long ago, where one of the producers was basically lobbying to be part of it. He was like “Michael, I’d love to write it, if you haven’t.” So at this point, my agents and my manager are looking at all the avenues and trying to figure out which is the best one. My agent and manager have been in the business for awhile, so they’re very sacvvy about where to start and how to get it going. Like I said, in this business you never know and I’ve been through pitching things and I never want to do that again [laughs]. It’s pretty brutal, but definitely I think once again, if Paramount or CBS or anybody thinks this is a viable thing, they’ll jump on it.”

Unfortunately, Dorn is in the same boat as Fuller and Singer when it comes to the likelihood of seeing his ‘Star Trek’ series on the small screen as the decision to green light any ‘Star Trek’ series will have to come from J.J. Abrams, who has been dubbed “the guardian of Trek”.

Although it may be some time before a Worf series will become reality, we’ll make sure we keep you up to date with any news we hear as soon as it’s released!

Source: Trek News

  • Scanner

    While I liked the Abrams Star Trek, I don’t see him as the “Guardian of Trek”. As an old time Trekker, I don’t see a problem with one or more series continuing along the original timeline.

  • um

    I would actually love to see a new star trek series, but not one with a darker more dramatic tone, which proved to be a failure in other sci fi show recently after the success of BSG, which in my opinion was a fluke, that presented a fresh take on sci fi, but one that isn’t doesn’t have a lasting appeal, spicily in the star trek universe. I want a star trek that adheres to the original vision of star trek, we are dying for a classic sci fi show since all of the new shows are boring and to charechters centric for my taste.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001629851420 Mark Temple

    actually the final word on star trek is Paramount Studios.. if they want to tell J.J. Abrams to take a hike and greenlight a ‘classic trek’ setting show, there is nothing Abrams can do about it. abrams is just a Director they hired to do films. if there are any ‘guardians of trek’, it would be Ira Steven Behr, Rick Berman, and Michael Pillar, who inherited the franchise from Roddenberry and who shepherded it through it’s golden age.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.palfrey.7 Robert Palfrey

    I seem to recall Worf being an acting Captain during the storyline of “Star Trek Armada”, which worked really well. Would be nice to see that storyline as part of a series actually.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003590217295 Billy Beefcaked

    YOU ARE ALL WRONG! Remember Paramount holds the rights to the Star Trek movies, but CBS holds the rights to the TV shows. It is CBS that has to approve of any TV star trek.

    With that said though I’m sure CBS and Paramount would meet and determine if this Captain Worf show would be a good idea for both parties.

    Either way I don’t see it happening. Society has changed so much since Star Trek was on TV, that I just don’t think it could fit in the type of TV world we have now. Shame really.

  • Janice Kay

    Back in April, Entertainment Weekly had written:

    “Fuller has previously spoken to director-producer Bryan Singer about teaming to reboot the TV franchise, though any movement depends on rights-holder Paramount and Trek’s current creative kingpin, J.J. Abrams”

    Bryan Fuller was then quoted by them saying:

    “Bryan and I are big fans of Trek and have discussed a take on what we would do, and we would love to do it. I don’t think anything is going to happen in any official capacity until after the next movie comes out. And I’m sure it would be wisely under J.J. Abrams’ purview of what happens. He’s the guardian of Trek right now.”
    If there was a way that a TV show could co-exist with the movies, then there should be a way to find a compromise but the films are a big money maker for Paramount so I could see them finding ways to stall development so that it won’t intefere with J.J. Abram’s Star Trek universe.

  • http://twitter.com/umbrarchist umbrarchist

    It there is anything that is underdeveloped it is the Mirror Universe of Deep Space 9. Suppose the parallel universe rebels try to steal a couple of Federation ships and take them to the parallel universe. A mishap occurs and the second ship explodes during the transition creating an energy barrier that will not dissipate for 80 years. So Whorf with his ship and crew are stuck in the parallel universe and naturally merry adventures ensue.

  • Clutch

    IMHO, firefly was the new star trek. if a new series were to surface it should take notes from serenity, dark yet humorous. sci-fi channel canned firefly abruptly while it was some of the best TV creating a very similar viewer response that occurred with the original star trek series hiccup in 67-68. Still hoping for another serenity movie or
    phoenix of the series .

  • Paul Dixon

    I believe that there are many ideas turning around in many
    minds out there, Including Mr. Michael Dorn’s and some very close friends and many
    personal associates.

    I am a very old Trekker
    myself and have many ideas to offer Mr. Dorn myself to include Worf as a Captain
    searching for his own crew for those darker side special missions only a Federation
    Loyal Klingon and his handpicked and not quite Federation approved team can
    handle.

    I can see a lot of
    old friends and colleges from other shows joining Captain Worf and a few that
    have never been seen or heard of before.
    We have to remember the kind of tools we have to work with in today’s wondrous
    movie making endeavors.

    I see a lot of
    new toys being put into play that might just create some new ideas in the real
    market as they have in the past shows.

    I
    know that I wish you all the luck in the world Mr. Dorn. Wish I could be there to help you on your
    way.

  • Mikekel0102

    I think I would like to see a darker tone, i thought it was done well in DS9. why not push it a little further. and with Worfs warrior heritage it could be pretty brutal.

  • Anom2

    If JJ Abrams will just realize he’s now split “Star Trek” in two, the Prime Universe and the “Abrams-verse”, I think he’ll see just as much demand for Prime as he will for his own. Just make sure that the series starts out something like “Captain’s Log, Stardate 66289.5. It has been 2 years since the disappearance of Ambassador Spock…” That way it’s clear this occurs in the Prime Universe.

    • Janice Kay

      I really like that idea!

  • Michael W Crosby

    The possibilities are endless, and the love of Trek is more solid than ever. Worf’s character was finally given better development in DS9, and because it is such a splendid idea, I have no doubt that we will get to see this great idea reach fruition on television. Bring it on!!!