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

Published 1 year ago by , Updated October 22nd, 2013 at 5:49 pm,

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

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).


Source: Trek News [via Moviehole]

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  1. I enjoyed the show Enterprise. The show only failed because it was on that failed channel UPN. If Fox picked it up or any other cable channels it would have lasted. When I watched DS9 it was on FOX 13 in Salt Lake. Of course Voyager was on UPN and by the time it went off the air it was to try with Enterprise and that is when the channel was going through a hyatius. Enterprise was moved around and like any shows it is all in the day and time slot they show it in. I do agree that there needs to be another Star Trek show. The Star Trek universe is big and 2 come to mind that could work well. This article is one of the 2 that I would agree. The other is Captain Riker with his ship The Titan and its continuing exploration through Echo Quadrant.

    • Ain’t gonna happen with either Worf or Riker, or even a team-up of both (Riker as captain, Worf as first officer); both are in their 60′s and one doesn’t want to be acting anymore (Frakes).

      I think that a Starfleet Academy show would be better, especially one set in the continuity of the two recent movies.

      • Make it so!

        This idea was floated around in the early 90s when TNG was on its way out. At one point, I believe, Rick Berman teased that Patrick Stewart was to join the cast as Jean Luc Piccard would take over as Commadant of the Academy. The big plus of this approach is that the Academy is a completely separate universe from a story standpoint. Short of something bizzare, nothing happening in the movie iterations would impact the series. (assuming they don’t jump the shark like ABC had to do earlier this year with the demise of S.H.I.E.L.D. in ‘Captain America Winter Soldier’).

        But, the big plus is that an Academy always has cadets coming and going. It could be made relatively cheap in that relatively new actors who get big egos would have little leverage in demanding huge salary increases (e.g., “Cadet Williams just graduated. Off to the Delta quadrant you go.”).

        • Yes, I think Patrick Steward should jump a shark while waterskiing, as Jean-Luc Picard.

    • I like Worf but I think a better idea for a new Star Trek series would be “The Eugenics Wars”. No reason why they couldn’t do both though. They would be VERY different shows. See http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Eugenics_Wars

    • yeah i got in on that series/spin-off late & even tho i have all the seasons now – i wished they’d pick-up where they left off at like the next season vs. a new franchise, instead it seems like theyre tryin to replace original members with new faces to old names & to me thats like ” them tryin to re-do roadhouse now & puttin someoneelse in the place of patrick swayze, jeff healy, wesley, & others cuz THEY CANT DO IT !.., those faces & characters are etched in the minds of people alredy & it wont work, i wont waste the few dollars in tryin to see that stuff.

  2. Regardless the success of the latest movie incarnation, a tv series with identifiable old tv cast members is a recipe for heartache and short life. Abrams is “new”, Worf is “old”. Their time has come and gone….

  3. I like the Worf character.. But come on.. A klingon captain? In a war? Sure. Diplomatic missions? Um. Not so much.

    • You send Captain Worf when the diplomacy you’re after is of the “gunboat” variety. I’m put in mind of the Anglo-Zanzibar War . . .

      (Don’t know if this will come through as a real link):


  4. It will never happen

  5. isn’t he now the federations ambassador to kronos

  6. I was really annoyed by Dorn’s kickstarter campaign to get fans to fund a vanity project to act as a demo reel to the studios (“look, I can be in anything and Trek fans will buy it”). He’s starting to sound a lot like the mid-90s Takei…

    • ..Or like Tim Russ with his Star Trek Renegades fan show.

      • Yeah. I hope that won’t be absolutely terrible. It’s got Sean Young, for Pete’s sake.

  7. Please, God, no. First, no STAR TREK should be based on ONE PERSON (Star Trek: Captain Worf).

    Second, we want to see something DIFFERENT and NEW and maybe further in the future, not Worf yelling to the enemy of the week that they have no honor.

    Please, pass on this.

  8. As much as I desperately wish for another Star Trek series, and as much as I’ve enjoyed almost every JJ Abrams film and TV series, please god no. J.J. Abrams makes a good product, but he doesn’t make Star Trek. His Star Trek films are basically Star Wars tribute films. This might sound ultra nerdy, but it’s actually quite obvious and distinct. Star Wars films are about action, Star Trek TV shows are much more intellectual, moral, introspective works. I know J.J. could do a great Trek series, but he never will, because he doesn’t like Star Trek, he likes Star Wars and labels them Star Trek.

    The best we’d get from him would be instead of intelligent social discourse, and morality tales, we’d get ludicrous overuse of time travel, wormholes, and secrets so that the series would be like the last seasons of Lost on crack.

  9. Why would he need to be a Federation Captain?

    What about a storyline from the perspective of a Klingon Cruiserr and Worf’s struggle to keep his Federation Training and sense of duty to the Klingon Empire.

    If DS9 had him becoming an Embassador, and the movie has him fighting as a General within the Empire, then it stands to reason he left the political nonsense and went back into what he knows best, military service.

    Hey, it’s an idea.

  10. I have to say it really wouldn’t work for anyone who plays STO they know Worf isn’t Star Fleet any longer and he is more for the Klingon side of things. And for Riker he is Admiral Riker not Capt. I play Star Trek Online and i run into Worf when i go to the Klingon home world hs is standing in The Great Hall. And Tim Russ has been in STO as well. So i don’t think any spin off show would work since STO starts after all the star trek movies and tv shows.

  11. I would absolutely LOVE to see a new Trek series. I would LOVE to see Worf in the Captain’s chair. And I would LOVE to see both- If it’s not as gutless and PC as the last three series were. Say, under creative control of Joss Whedon and J. Michael Straczynski. Ripping off plots from previous series’ episodes is absolutely NOT allowed. Have as a series regular Commodore Sisko, with lots of guest spots from Picard, Janeway, etc. Wish we could have seen John Pinette as Harcourt Fenton Mudd the Fifth.

  12. I love this, and I SO want this show to happen! But considering what I want to happen never happens—Dredd 2, live action Aladdin, winning the lottery—y’all can kiss this TV series so long.

  13. Why is this still doing the rounds??!

    Both Dorn and Paramount have shot this rumor down so many times it’s turning into an Internet Meme!

  14. Captain Worf, would work, with the correct ‘Balance’ of, ‘That’s enough attitude, but just a 5% ‘over the line’. Since NASA is sending “HELLO MESSAGES” to Planets that might have life on them, they might be a MEAN bunch, here and there, like here on Earth. Best to let ‘THEM’ know, Earth wont take any of their nasty ways.

  15. How will this work? We’ll skip a century of history. How do we know Warf even exists now, or if he is with the Federation. J.J. just messed it all up for us. :(

    • Worf

      • Wharf

    • This story is a year old and has been denied by both parties. As far as the last two films, they did exactly what Paramount wanted them to, i.e. bring the Star Trek franchise back from the dead. Setting the story in a Parallel Universe merely allows the Trek Prime Universe to keep on ticking in places like Star Trek Online and not change.

      “I think the alternate universe was necessary. I think it was a very solid idea and necessary because, although it broke canon in a certain kind of way, if they didn’t do the alternate universe, they would have broken canon in other ways. It was constricting. There was so much history to be dealt with that if they did not do the alternate universe it would have been so constricting and it would have been very, very difficult to tell an exciting story without stepping on some toes somewhere. So, by doing it this way, I think they gave themselves a new canvass to work with. I think it was a very wise idea.” -Leonard Nimoy

  16. Sooo…Dorn has “confirmed” that he’s working on the show? Or he’s confirmed that he’s working on working on the show?

    I’d LOVE to see a Worf series…but this article is a LITTLE misleading.

  17. How could anybody possibly think that Worf hasn’t been fully explored? That character and the Klingons were beat to death and made even more stupid and animalistic and uninteresting at every turn. ENOUGH KLINGONS!!!!! Give the ROMULANS a fair shake for a change. They got trashed up while the brutal, backward Klingons were portrayed as the Romulans should have been. The Romulans were once Vulcans after all. If you have to do even more Klingons, forget that stupid Worf and go with someone really interesting like Martok. Now there’s a real Klingon! Martok’s story has barely been touched on. Better yet, come up with something ORIGINAL. I know that rarely happens these days, but at least try and stop re-hashing characters that have outlived their welcome long ago.

  18. I blame conventions for giving these actors a distorted sense of their popularity. It’s like how Takei and Koenig coast on 48-year-old stories about Shatner being a dick.

    I remember reading a piece about Dorn around the time of first contact (Vanity Fair or Esquire or something) where it sounded like he really thought Worf was the star of DS9, or, moreover, should be increasingly focused upon. It seemed like Worf’s importance eventually diminished slightly. Might be wishful thinking.

    Shatner, dickishness aside, had a good point somewhere about how Takei was deeply and publicly offended when Shatner wondered why he’d want his own starship in VI since he’d have way more scenes if he’d stayed on the Enterprise with everybody else — I’m paraphrasing, but it was like, “okay, so you’re playing a captain, but it’s still not real.”

    Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the characters. And the multi-ethnic casting was important. But Trek would exist just fine without Worf, Sulu or Chekov’. They make it better. But they’re not Trek on their own.

    • It took a fair amount of time to progress Worf’s character from a grunting warrior in TNG. Then they spoiled it by pairing him up with the goddess of empathy: Troi. But equally ridiculous was Picard’s pairing with Crusher.

      DS9 dropped in Worf just when the show had gained traction and was finding its own path. I thought that knocked it back. Nothing memorable story wise with him. Rather an excuse to escalate the space battles (bring out the Defiant), which destroyed DS9, not to mention the silly pairing of Dax and Worf. A wasted opportunity all round.

      Even Chief O’Brien got better story lines. The show later returned to the classic formula, and rehashed story lines with Voyager. Likeably familiar, but nothing new. Moore’s BSG, was what he wanted Voyager to be like. But that series was sadly rushed and then axed. Caprica was interesting and showed promise. Axed.

      Given some good writing and characters, and trying to avoid treading old ground, another episodic series could easily work. There never felt like enough time for each character in any of the series. So perhaps the cast needs shrinking.

      What I’ve never really worked out why the two-part trek episodes didn’t really work. It’s hard to explore a complete story on 40 od d minutes.

  19. I would like something to do with star trek back on the air. I miss coming home and watching a new episode. Whether its set another 100 years after TNG, something with Worf, or, hell, even in the same universe as the JJ stuff, which I thought were alright but not great like the series before. I feel there’s enough desire from the general population that a new series will take off… if it ever gets green lighted.

    To me, its simple. Start a new series, set it 50 or 100 years after ST Nem, with a new cast, and on a new Enterprise. Get some of the original writers from TNG, DS9 and VOY to do write some episodes and I am 99% positive that it will take off.

    On a personal note, get ether Probert, Drexler or Evans to design the new enterprise.

  20. I will be interested in this for sure. And will like to know what type of vessel he will be commanding. IIRC he was very fond of the Defiant NX

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