Michael Dorn Confirms He’s Working on a ‘Star Trek: Captain Worf’ TV Series

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 22nd, 2013 at 5:49 pm,

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Geek favorites Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer have been forthcoming about their hopes for bringing Star Trek back to the small screen, after the release of J.J. Abrams’ elusive sequel to his Trek movie reboot next summer. However, it turns out those two aren’t the only ones with big dreams about a new TV series set in that sci-fi universe – Michael Dorn is also taking steps to reprise his signature Trek role on a spinoff, tentatively titled Star Trek: Captain Worf.

Worf, Son of Mogh, of course, is the first Klingon main character on a Star Trek TV series. He appeared on The Next Generation throughout its seven-season run, then became a Deep Space Nine regular for its last four seasons. Dorn portrayed Worf in all four Next Generation films; in addition, he played Worf’s grandfather, Colonel Worf, in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Rumors and reports about a prospective Worf spinoff began circulating earlier this year – which, perhaps not-so-coincidentally, marks the 25th anniversary of The Next Generation. Trek News caught up with recently with Dorn, who gave them the following exclusive “scoop” on the project:

“I had come up with the idea because I love [Worf] 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. “

Deep Space Nine concluded with Worf being made Federation ambassador to the Klingon homeworld, Qo’noS. An official prequel comic book to Abrams’ Trek reboot featured Worf as a Klingon Empire General, who battles the Romulan Captain Nero (Eric Bana, in Abrams’ film). Worf sustained life-threatening injuries during the encounter, but it was indicated he was still alive by the story’s conclusion.

However, the overlap between events on DS9 and the Star Trek film continuity has always been kind of fuzzy; hence, it stands to reason that could also hold true for a Worf spinoff and the post-reboot movies. Dorn’s in the same boat of uncertainty as Fuller and Singer, when it comes to how his plans are affected by Abrams’ films – as he put it, “there’s all the political stuff going on with the new movies with J.J. Abrams and Paramount and all that stuff, which I have no clue about and what it all entails, but that’s where it is right now.”

star trek worf Michael Dorn Confirms Hes Working on a Star Trek: Captain Worf TV Series

The in-progress subtitle Captain Worf is open to interpretation, as far as indications for when, exactly, the TV series could take place. Such a Star Trek spinoff would, for certain, retain the ensemble format of its predecessors to some degree – with a focus on the adventures of Worf and a new group of space explorers. Morever, Dorn says the show isn’t so much a pipe dream as one might think (at first):

“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 savvy 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.”

Worf’s Klingon manner and instincts often put him at odds with his fellow officers on The Next Generation, as hilariously highlighted in this 15-minute compilation video; still, there were a few episodes on DS9 that explored Worf’s personal sense of duty and honor beyond the surface level. Nonetheless, there does remain room for further development of the character – even given the substantial amount of backstory already in place for Worf.

However, as Dorn mentions above, the Star Trek: Captain Worf television series is far from getting an official greenlight right now. Nevertheless, we will keep you up-to-date on the situation as more information is released (or Dorn continues to talk about it).

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Source: Trek News [via Moviehole]

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  1. You heard that right ladies and gentlemen, yet another Star Trek “fan” who prefers Dead Trek. Star Trek back from the dead? Star Trek being successful in films in a way it hasn’t been in decades? Star Trek preparing for it’s very own 50th Anniversary Film?
    Star Trek popular in a way it hasn’t been in years? Those things are totally unnecessary/worthless to the Dead Trek fans.

    • To the “Dead Trek” guy who bases his opinion on lowest common denominator popularity. Yep, they took Star Trek, stripped all thought out of it, made it stupid, mindless like FX based fluff. Very popular, just like Bay’s Transformers movies. If you want mindless garbage like Faux Trek that’s fine, but don’t bad mouth people who want substance, not fluff.

      • To Clueless Murphy who bases his opinion on his inner delusions: Yep, they (Berman & Company)ran Star Trek directly into a shallow grave, made it so horrible that the average fan didn’t give a crap whether they watched it or not. They tried in the end to make it interesting (ala ST:Enterprise’s last season) but the damage was done. The tombstone was carved and ready.

        Paramount realized that they had a good product, just with a garbage presentation. Hence they went to AN ACTUAL STAR TREK FAN and asked him to write a NEW story that the FANS would give a crap about………………..and what happened????

        GASP!!!!!!! OH THE HUMANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They made a new Star Trek story, set in a Parallel Universe that fans ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT. One has but to go to websites like Rotten Tomatoes and see how REAL FANS care about the last two films compared to Classic Trek. Though it’s cute to see the Dead Trek fans blather on about how these stories were made “stupid” and “mindless” yet when you pin them down on concrete examples of said descriptions, their complaints are nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

        As someone who has been watching Star Trek for 50 years, the ONLY difference between Orci’s Star Trek and the Trek Prime Universe stories is that other than Orci’s films actually being established in a Universe where Science (i.e. Quantum Mechanics) is the cornerstone for his Universe is that these stories are more entertaining. If you want Dead Trek that no one cares about, thats fine. If you want the Trek Prime Universe and you don’t like the new Parallel Universe, that’s fine too, you can go to Star Trek Online and submerse yourself in that Universe to your hearts contendt. However Star Trek living to see it’s 50th Anniversary is going to happen without Dead Trek fans like you whether you want it to or not (and it will be GLORIOUS!). Don’t pretend to want “Substance” unless you want to put on your big boy pants and define for the class how these films are devoid of substance when compared to the earlier films. I’ll be here waiting for you to explain that for the class (as well as being here to demonstrate you don’t know what you’re talking about).

  2. Oboy, SHALLOW TREK on the small screen with even stupider, lazier, trite screenwriters.

    I expect the first episode to be focused for a half-hour on the perils of finding chewed bubblegum under the captains chair. The rest of the episode will be filled out with the ship’s tramp trying to seduce Worf. It will be like an episode of “Wizards of Waverly Place” only more so severely retarded in plot that small infants will cry in agony from the show insulting their intelligence levels.

  3. The Star Trek “Next Generation” universe is a mess. Brannon Braga and Rick Berman ran the whole franchise into the ground. There is nothing left there to salvage. Let it go. I would much rather see an original series taking place in Kirk’s era, than this asinine attempt to breathe life into the rotted corpse that is Next Gen.

  4. This is exactly why Bob Orci shouldn’t be trying to please fans over at Trekmovie (where Anthony’s back and claiming “exclusives!” based on what Bob says in the comments) — because no two fans agree on what makes good Trek.

  5. dear who ever gives a smeg . i have a good idea, let- worfs son from a diffrent time line creats a new verson of worfs new star ship half klingon and half enterprize more weopons you know what i mean borg cubes will piss themselves if they atack them BOOM !!! oh and make worfs brother kern return to fight again

  6. What’s with all the hostility? If it works, it works, if it doesn’t it doesn’t. You’re all acting like a bunch of KISS fans who suddenly grew up and now are embarrassed to admit you saw all their shows and bought all their merchandise.

  7. They should make a Star Citizen sci-fi series, its the coming of age people.

  8. Looked fantastic until I saw Bryan Singer attached to it. Creepy.

  9. You need real production values for Trek, otherwise it looks corny and people won’t watch.

    At the same time, you need a good sci-fi story that deals with characters and something about the human condition – and mix the two credibly.

    BSG and SGU looked great. But the stories became muddled, repetitive and just down right silly. Some of the characters were great, but others repulsive.

    To do it right requires a great deal of skill, hard work and too much money.

    • I think Star Trek’s own Ron Moore did a bang-up job with BSG. From the underlying question of how does one define “Humanity”, to tying the Ancient Astronaut story into BSG and ultimately explaining how modern humans ended up on Earth. Some of the action and visuals of that show were top notch. The scene of the battle where Adama allows the blazing on fire Galactica to fall thru the New Caprica atmosphere and jumping to the other side of the planet mere seconds before impacting the ground is still in my top 5 coolest televised sci-fi scenes ever made. That show was really good.

      SGU was a cool concept but it was painfully obvious that they were doing Star Trek: Voyager Stargate style. Wish we’d get a mini series that resolved the story, but that probably won’t ever happen.

    • Personally, I found BSG to be one of the best television series in history. And I’m usually an HBO snob.

  10. BRING ON CAPTAIN WORF!!!! I would love to see a whole new series, with an older Worf as the first Klingon captain of a Federation starship. Imagine, Wesley as as a burned out drunk smuggler making a mess of already messy situations with the actor who plays Sherlock as the new Q (not Khan, that was stupid).

    • I never had a thought of Worf having a TV series and I don’t exactly know what the writers and producers have in mind. Nevertheless, I’m very interested to see what they can come up with! Make it happen writers and producers, and I’ll watch it.

  11. I’m intrigued to see what Bryan Fuller could do with Trek — the first season of Hannibal was incredible.

    I lost interest in BSG around the time (no pun intended) they jumped ahead in time. The Cylon stuff got way too convoluted and I stopped caring. Caprica had interesting elements but took way too long getting anywhere…

    And, yeah, I’m hoping there’s a kickstarter campaign to keep Captain Worf off the air. I’d contribute. I still can’t believe the guy wanted Trek fans to fund a terrible romcom demo reel for him and his Trek cronies.

    When I read this story again, I get even more annoyed by Dorn. This has gone beyond Takei-delusional.

  12. My question…why Worf? I know Michael Dorn had the idea etc but he was the worse (imo) character on either TNG or DS9. TNG had so many episodes that were devoted entirely to Worf that I quit watching until The Worf Saga was over! ALL the characters were interesting on TNG and if they had to do all those episodes on Worf…they should have given equal time to all the others.

    For my part, unless there will be an appearance from Lavar Burton or Gates McFadden or Patrick Stewart or Marina Sirtas or Jonathan Frakes or Nana Visitor or Rene Auberjonois…I won’t be watching “Worf’s World”.

    • I agree with you on most points but at the same time I’m so desperate for a new Star Trek TV series. I’ll take what they give me! In my opinion, we are lucky they are even talking about creating a new Star Trek series.

      • I say, lets just get the ball rolling for any new Star Trek series! Let’s give the writers and producers a chance to show us what they can do with their ideas. We will judge it later, after we watch it.

      • Except I don’t think anyone’s seriously talking about it.

  13. Oh please no more! Work was a fine contributing character but he and the rest of the Next Gen cast are simply boring. It’s all about SfX and darn little about “exploring strange new worlds”. And the star trek reboot isn’t much better. Go back and check out the best episodes of the original series and try to replicate those kinds of episodes.

  14. Please, God No!
    The guy cannot act his way out of a paper bag. Worf was probably the most useless, one-dimensional, uninteresting character in the entire franchise. (Excepting “Voyager” of course, the entire exercise of which — with the exception of Jeri Ryan walking around in spike heels and a skin-tight cat suit — was useless.) He ruined “DS9″ just by showing up. Better to let sleeping dogs lie.

    • “He ruined “DS9″ just by showing up.”

      No, he didn’t. DS9 was ruined the day they first start writing it. DS9 was just horrible. The only ST that was worse then DS9 was ST: Enterprise and that was just because Scott B. was a weak capt. Who in their right mind would do a series based around a stationary outpost? It was just a boring series and characters acting was too fake (WWE/WWF syndrome).

      Michael Dorn is a great actor, he played Worf as good as anybody could’ve. But that’s is just it, Worf is Worf. He’s no capt. material, basing it off of his character’s written history and it would be a disservice to rewrite his character’s history in order to make him capt. material.

      • I agree with you that DS9 was not as great as the other Star Trek series, should have been far better than it was. I still like Star Trek DS9 to a certain degree, it wasn’t a total disaster. Furthermore, I think Star Trek Enterprise was the most interesting series of all Star Treks. Scott Bakula along with all involved did a pretty awesome job with this show and its one of my favorites along with Voyager and TNG. I also think Bakula did the Star Trek series better than Quantum Leap.

        • ” I also think Bakula did the Star Trek series better than Quantum Leap.”

          I feel the exact opposite is true. I loved Quantum Leap. And…I thought he would’ve been a great capt, when the rumors started floating around about he got the job. But, I was wrong, he was too weak.

          For me, from the best to the worse:

          TNG, Voy, Original series, DS9, Enterprise.

          The only reason why the Original series gets a lower rating from me just because while the writing was good and the actors were great, but it was produced before it’s time. The production technology just wasn’t there yet for that type of show. So, it looked cheesy.

          • For me, most interesting to least interesting: Star Trek Enterprise, Star Trek TNG, Star Trek Voyager, Star Trek The Animated Series, Star Trek DS9, Star Trek Original Series. Star Trek Enterprise, Voyager and TNG I like them about the same. Futhermore, the thing that makes Star Trek series a great show people have there most and least favorites some different than others. Everyone has their opinions on which Star Trek is better and has their reasons. I can see why many people prefer TNG, it was a very interesting show with some pretty awesome effects. Picard and his crew of TNG always reminded me of Xavier and the X-Men.

          • I love the premise and beginning of Quantum Leap. Saw em as a kid and got them all on DVD now. However, I always hated how they went from ‘serious’ social commentary and fixing major problems, to almost every episode being about getting two lovers back together, or some other trivial plot.
            I’m not talking about Al and Beth, that was a great (and touching) story.

      • I don’t think Captain Archer was weak at all! The opposite, he took a lot from the Xindi, Andorians etc. and still stood his ground fighting back. You also have to remember Archer and his crew came across some pretty dangerous aliens. The aliens were just as hostile as the ones from Voyager. It also seems Archer and his crew faced more dangers than Kirk and his crew. Kirk and his crew never faced Xindi, Borg, Ferengi with whips, need I go on! I was also surprised at how Archer and his crew swiftly handled the Borg with the limited technology they had. Archer even tackled a Borg to save Malcolm on the Borg ship.

  15. I really would like to see this “Star Trek” Captain Worf series!

  16. i was reading a Star Trek book last year where Michael Dorn quotes he was glad to get rid of the Worf mask as deep space nine came to an end

  17. I don’t think there are any writers and producers involved, Jonathan. It’s Dorn’s vanity project. He submitted a pitch years ago and essentially hasn’t heard anything since. This story ran 2 years ago — since gen nothing has changed…

    • I already knew the producers and writers are not involved. I was suggesting they get involved.

  18. nice to see this post still has legs
    I think it ‘ll be great if the producers of babylon 5, stargate atlantis battlestar galactica ( ron moore ) and the producer of Enterprise season 4 would team together and take three or four episodes each of a short web or tv series . If necessary involve Micheal Dorn but he would be a bridge to new characters – perhaps he could be in the ron moore section but I wouldnt have him as a captain of a federation ship . I think having established scifi producers would give a project enough gravitas and esteem to pull star trek out of the pulp scifi bubble it currently resides

  19. Sometimes I wonder if Michael Dorn could be trying to produce a series due to Tim Russ and his “Star Trek Renegades” web series project.

  20. I can’t understand why so many people hate the series “Star Trek Enterprise.” I still remember weeks before it aired, the previews caught my attention. Especially when the previews said it was based 100 years before Kirk. I was so curious with how the ship was going to look as curious as when Voyager and DS9 first aired. Then seeing the star of the series “Quantum Leap” as the captain. When the first two hour premiere episode aired I was prepared to watch it. I believe I went to work that day from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. The episode aired at 8pm and my job was less than a minute from home so I was home in plenty of time. You would think that all Star Trek fans would have quite an urge upon watching “Star Trek Enterprise.” Not knowing anything about it since DS9, Voyager and TNG happened at about the same time with about the same technology. The last episode of Voyager aired the same year the first episode of Enterprise aired. The starship Voyager had the latest technology while Enterprise had the earliest technology. Another reason why Star Trek fans should have been very curious with this show! I watched the first episode of Enterprise, enjoyed it and could not wait to see the following episode. I did not miss one episode of Enterprise. The same way I watched Voyager. I watched TNG ten years later than when it first aired because I was too young at the time. When I first watched TNG in the mid 90′s I found it to be one of the most fascinating shows on television along with Andromeda and 7 Days.

    • I also liked Enterprise, in fact it’s my favourite ST series. I don’t need to justify myself for saying that, because we’re all allowed to like different things. But I will, because it’s a pretty freaky and possibly trollish thing for someone to say.

      To me, ST:E was the only series that actually followed the *tone* of TOS. I liked ST:E because it felt like modern ’60s sci-fi, if that makes any sense. Like, it was more concerned with philosophy than awesome special effects. Although that too, sometimes.

      Also, Trip. Also, Shran. I MEAN, COME ON. SHRAN, FOLKS. SHRAN.

      Don’t get me wrong, it was hardly perfect. At some stages, Archers personality was all over the place, and not consistent. I got sick of the whole Trip-T’Pol romance, because I’m dead inside in that way. And I HATE TIME TRAVEL in SCI FI – always have, always will. And it would have been nice to have found out who TimeTravelerVoiceShadowMan was. And there should have been more Shran.

      Possibly ironically, my favourite ep was probably Carbon Creek. I particularly liked how they didn’t try and link things to the other series in this ep (like, maybe the kid Jack was Kirk grandpa or something like that), and they just let it stand on its own. (Velcro aside, which I actually thought was kind of cute – and in my mind was a ST:IV – Voyage Home reference, whether it actually was or not).

      Anyway, sorry for rambling but I don’t get to express my love for ST:E in an appropriate way very often.

      All this is just my personal opinion, but also to show support for you there Jonathon Roberson – you’re not alone in your ST:E fandom. :)

      Although we should probably both break out our EV suits in case of excessive flaming now ;)

      • “I don’t need to justify myself for saying that”
        I don’t either. But here is a small sample of my justification anyway.
        In a Mirror, Darkly Season 4,eps 18 and 19 of Star Trek: Enterprise.
        From the “evil” opening credits, to seeing a sadistic Flox. I would put that episode(s) up against any Star Trek episode.
        Besides,the Star Trek:Enterprise ship just looks cooler than any other.
        Loved Star Trek Enterprise!

  21. StrontiumDingo StarTrek Enterprise is also my favorite of all Star Trek series! I agree with you on wanting to actually see who that Shadow guy from the future was. I also wanted to see more of the other Earth vessels that were created before the NX-01. I think we didn’t get a close enough view of those vessels. I wanted to see how the interior of those ships looked and the warp core and so forth. Whenever the ships were there, they were so far away like a blur. I was also hoping some episodes of Enterprise would take place on other Earth vessels. I think the only two episodes ionvolved the pre-warp freighter class ships. I also wanted to see the NX-01 exlplore more planets.

  22. Any Trek series needs a few things:
    1) An outstanding lead actor at the center of it. Patrick Stewart was perfect.
    2) The production needs to be initiated by the studio…and with a commitment to provide the resources needed to bring in the sort of talent that is needed.

    If you want to see a collosal failure, have Michael Dorn cobble together some sort of low-budget business plan. Maybe he writes half the scripts to keeps costs down. He brings in some buddies to help out and sells the project to Paramount as a low cost, low financial risk proposition. But it has a snowball’s chance in hell of being any good. This would be what a studio would do if they ceased to see the TV Star Trek franchise as an asset to be protected.

  23. I dont understand how they can state Worf’s character wasn’t developed enough.
    I liked him well enough in Next Generation, but halfway through DS9 I almost got sick of him.
    We’ve seen his parents, his human brother and his klingon brother (Kurn was done to death if you ask me; erasing his entire memory, really?) He’s hooked up with K’Ehleyr, Deanna multiple times in several timelines and/or dimensions, and two female Daxes. Even going sofar as to completely ignore the most sacred Trill rite, to not go back to former lovers, by having sex just once.
    His son had at least three majorly different incarnations, one of which being from a future.
    He did the bad ass klingon thing, the good guy starfleet thing, love conquers all, succesfully walking the line between two worlds AND failing; becoming an outcast, contemplating suicide, killing the ruler of an empire.

    In fact all I can think of that he hasnt been IS captain Worf.

    Starfleet wouldnt make him a captain, he’s proven himself to be reckless in battle (court episode, firing on unidentified ships) AND failing to get critical information that would have saved millions from war, so he could save Jadzia.
    Earning two serious on-screen reprimands to his permanent record.
    IIRL Sisko said he’d probably wouldnt be offered his own command after just one of these.

    The Klingons might make him a captain, but he would have to either become a more ‘whole’ klingon or after a while revert back to mixed starfleet/klingon and no true klingon crew would put up with that.

    Worf, you’re a good character, but I dont want to see an entire series about YOU. I’m almost as sick of seeing your face as I am seeing Kirk’s for the millionth time.

    Star Trek needs to do something new again. Im sick of reboots and sick of digging up old characters till the end of time (Leonard Nimoy, you can stay ;) you rule)

    Do early Federation days for instance, or my personal pet idea: explore the style of the Lower Decks TNG episode.

    Didnt we have THREE star trek series in syndication at once at one time?
    Get back in the game guys!

  24. I grew up in the 1960′s and watched the original. Back then things seemed to be falling out of control in the world, the same way that they are now, and Star Trek gave the people some hope for the future. I think that a “Captain Worf” would do very well and hopefully give hope for the future just like the original series did.

  25. Let history never forget the name, “Star Trek”

  26. LOVED worf on DS9, would love a series with worf and his son… wouldn’t mind General Martok on it either….DS9 was my favorite of all the shows.. be nice to see something following Gene’s Star Trek.. “New” star trek they got in the movies… could never follow that one… they need a movie to explain how they got to a different time zone…. makes no sense when you’ve always followed Gene’s ST now it’s in a different time demention?? those two movies were ok, but needs some explaining on how they got there…

  27. I love a good nerd fight.

  28. Hardley seems likly to have a capatin worf spin off…

    Its been rather a while and it sounds like a flop.

  29. Star Trek: Captain Worf, whose motto is “shoot first, shoot last, and when in doubt, shoot again.” It might be interesting to see a captain whose aggressive tendencies have to continually be reined in by Star Fleet, or perhaps who is incorrectly assumed to be overly aggressive. As far as continuity, all bets are off in the alternate universe. Hopefully, though, a new series would be more thoughtful and coherent than the reboot movies have been to-date.

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