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,

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).

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Source: Trek News [via Moviehole]

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  1. While I personally would love to see this come about… Michael Dorn pitched this four or 5 years ago to the studio execs. At that time he was told to come up with a script. I read a couple months ago that Michael had an interview, at a Con or somewhere, last year where he said that the show was dead and was not being pursued any longer.

    I wish websites as well as news channels did more research and substantiate claims before posting or broadcasting like you were taught in college . It’s no a wonder why Americans are getting dumber, everyone believes the first thing they read or hear and doesn’t get the information from multiple reliable sources to confirm anything!

    • Thank you for the information. Kind of a disappointment.

  2. There’s no such thing as a subspace supernova that moves faster than light and gains energy — nor is it part of any theory. Anywhere. Inventing a b******* backstory for a comic doesn’t make it science either (they’ve done the same thing in the comics to explain why Khan isn’t Indian — or Ricardo Montalban), It’s fine, if it works, but it’s not science. Sure, Orci mentions QM in chatter with fans — that still doesn’t mean that anything in the movie fits actual theories. It’s a story device. They needed a parallel universe so they got one.

    Berman-Trek used science-y words, like tachyon, all then time to make plots work.

    People who understand science better than me (ex. Phil Plait) called b******* on Star Trek’s supernova. And a bit of technobabble in comic retcon doesn’t change it (it was released before the movie but written long after Star Trek’s script). I’m not saying it invalidates the movie (most of Trek science, like other scifi space science, is make-believe with, at best, a few actual-science words as frosting) — but if you think Orci-Trek adheres to actual science any more than previous incarnations, well, you’re wrong. Orci himself has said as much about the supernova (although he also joked that anything could be possible with string theory).

    Like I said, it doesn’t wreck the movie, but it ain’t science, It’s not even Fourth grade science. And it certainly takes one out of the movie for that few seconds — “wait a minute, a supernova doesn’t travel faster than light, so why the urgency and why didn’t they pick something else? oh yeah, because story.”

    There were a couple other lines that would have required just a trip to wikipedia or lunch with a physicist to fix — the source of magnetic interference at Titan, for example. Does it matter at the end of the day? Not really, but it would be nice for the actual physics in Trek to be accurate if there’s no story reason for it not to be.

    And come on, rampant speculation about superblood and genetic engineering isn’t science either. The argument that “it makes sense that (people will have healing powers, will turn into potatoes on command, will shoot rainbows out of their eyes” what have you)” still doesn’t make magic resurrection blood possible. You know that. It’s not real — and that’s totally fine. But it still ain’t science. It’s an invention for the story — and it also sucks the drama out of Kirk’s death.

    Is there a reason, scientific or otherwise, why you’re so demeaning and defensive to anyone who disagrees with your points?

    Pulling words out of the dictionary isn’t going to change how science views how supernova works. And it’s not going to make Trek scientifically accurate.

    It’s not science. That puts them on a level playing field with nearly all other Trek. You can still enjoy them — I do — but don’t pull out “they’re better because of science!” argument because it’s just entirely incorrect.

    • And……………..AGAIN Ladies and Gentlemen, the subject confuses a STORY ELEMENT with the CORNERSTONE of the story which was the Quantum Event that was the destruction of the USS Kelvin. It’s cute how you are terrified of the TRUTH.

      Quantum Mechanics is the basis for the creation of this new Parallel Universe. Orci said so BEFORE the film was released. Anyone paying attention knew this. But I suppose its easier to pretend THAT basis for the creation of the new Parallel Universe isn’t what science DEMANDS that it is (as Quantum Mechanics shows why stories like that in “ST IV: The Voyage Home” is NONSENSE.

      It’s also frankly hilarious how the Star Trek Countdown story is a “Retcon”……..even though it came out MONTHS before the movie did. Wait, don’t tell me: “Precon”????

      Funnier still, the bit about Khan. Tell us, oh wise one, was Malik an Arab in ST:Enterprise? He was one of Khan’s Augment brothers. His name is Arabic. Yet he was………….a WHITE guy. Even better is that people like you ignore the FACT that Ricardo Montalban was ALSO a WHITE GUY who Roddenberry and Company put in BROWN FACE for Space Seed. So Into Darkness skips the Brown Face, but now that’s somehow a “bad thing”?

      You again demonstrate you don’t really understand the Augments very well. I suggest you go back and rewatch the Augments episodes from ST:Enterprise and then tell me that it is somehow “Crazy Town” to believe that when designing a SUPER HUMAN from scratch, you’d need to design his blood to rapidly attack damaged cellular tissue and repair it even beyond what we know Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy does today.

      It’s common sense, but when one doesn’t like the answer, it’s easier to pretend it doesn’t exist.

      Just any FYI: I’m a Medic. Been one for 20 years. So if you think I’m pulling words out of a dictionary, you demonstrating even more foolishness than you previously have.

      How this works is: You post nonsense, I reply.

      So you keep doubling/tripling down on clumsily trying to make a never before seen type of supernova being the foundation/cornerstone of the story while ignoring the fact it was a story element, while QUANTUM MECHANICS and it’s QUANTUM EVENT is what made these stories different than previous Trek story numbskullery.

      This isn’t my first rodeo, we can play this game as long as you like.

      • Ricardo Montalban was not even close to “white…” He was Mexican, and well known in his early career for playing a wide range of ethnic groups. Please stay away from any injectable medications. Retcon, indeed…

        • Uh, I think you need to do some research kid. Ricardo Montalban was the child of two SPANIARD CAUCASIANS. One being born in Mexico doesn’t change one’s DNA. Perhaps it was his jazzy accent that got you confused? He was the son of Spanish immigrants Ricarda Merino and Jenaro Montalbán. Please don’t try commenting on things of which you are tragically misinformed.

          “Retcon” Indeed.

        • Perhaps a quick google of “Castilian Spaniards” (of which BOTH of Montalban’s parents were) would help you achieve an education on the subject?

        • Um maybe you didnt know, Mexicans are white. They are listed as white in every single legal form there is. Hence why black people hate George Zimmerman so much, he is a mexican, and he is white!

  3. …during each episode, Worf will say, at least once, “Maybe today is a good day to die!” And, after a season of that, viewers will yell at their TV’s, “Please! Just DIE already!” :-)

    • I’m thinking drinking every time the word honor gets uttered would be a decent way to get blotto fast.

  4. I would love to watch a TV series where Worf is the captain. I think he is a super character.

  5. Have there ever been any re-runs of Deep Space 9? I thought that show was pretty good.

    • Well you know there are completed DVD boxsets of Star Trek Enterprise, Star Trek Voyager, Star Trek TNG, Star Trek TOS, and Star Trek The Animated Series. No need to wait for reruns that also play the episodes in random order. They also include extra features such as interviews, behind the scenes etc. I have them all!

    • The new Blurays of ST:TNG with the new special effects, 7.1 Surround Sound and 1080p picture are absolutely amazing. Waiting for them to start a new Bluray edition of ST:DS9, with what they were able to do with redoing ST:TNG, the Dominion War on DS9 will look and sound unbelievably good.

      Till then, you can watch ST:TOS, ST:TAS, ST:TNG original edition, ST:DS9, ST:V and ST:E on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (if you’re an Amazon Prime Member)for free over and over again as much as you want to. I’m currently on my 4th pass of ST:E on Netflix (rewatching Stargate:SG1 on Amazon Instant Video). I like working my way thru those old episodes between New Who episodes, they’re better than most tv shows these days with few exceptions.

      • I wanted to get the blue ray edition but was not sure. I got the original ST:TNG DVD when they got out, the pace was killing my budget as they start rolling out like two within a month or so, but if you say it is worth it I might consider it.

        The one I will wait for Blu Ray edition is DS9 as I never got to see the whole series due to air times and work/school. I missed the whole Dominion War part.

        • I’m telling ya, from the crystal clear 1080p (since the show was shot on Film, they were able to convert it to the 1080p digital format with relative ease, which is awesome if you’ve seen shows were they upconvert a program that was shot on video and the poor product it produces) to the brand new Special Effects and 7.1 Surround, it is LITERALLY like watching a new show. I’ve bought them religiously since they started releasing them and I’ve been pleased every time. The little specials and extras that they’re adding to set are nice as well. However, if you have a decent Home Theater, watching the new ST:TNG Blurays is like going from black and white to color. It’s fantastic.

          If you’ve never seen DS9′s Dominion War, Netflix Streaming is like $10 a month. If you have a bluray player hooked to the internet, game system like the PS3 or an Internet Ready tv, those episodes are right there, waiting for you to watch and rewatch (as I have done several dozen times over the years) whenver you select the episode and hit play. Netflix Streaming doesn’t have the redone ST:TNG, but you can watch DS9 to your heart’s content as much as you want, while only paying $10.

    • I have not seen any reruns of DS9 only Voyager which I saw entirely when it first aired.

      • That’s why I say Netflix Streaming is the way to go. I buy the Bluray sets for my collection, something to enjoy watching when I’m 80 years old and don’t have a life, but to get Star Trek whenever I want, I go to the Netflix Streaming. You can watch as much as you want and it only costs you a measly $10 a month.

  6. I could care less. The “Next Generation” is old, dated. It smells like the 80′s. It’s time to more on and do something else. Create a new Star Trek series that’s up to date with the 21st century, not a rehashed Next Generation spin-off with washed out actors who haven’t done much in the last two decades.

  7. Star Trek TV shows should be kept in the original Roddenberry universe. The Abrams Universe shouldn’t even influence it. The Abrams movies should be looked upon as a temporary aberration.

  8. this was a april fools joke

  9. I met Micheal Dorn at ECCC last year, and he told me that there was no plan for a Worf show.

  10. I hope they do this!!

  11. i think weather Michael Dorn aka Worf gets his own star trek series or not would not only be up to him but more importantly up to paramount whom seem to own all the copyrights to the gene roddenberry series and films. i personally love Michael Dorn’s acting and Worf character from the star trek next generation series and films, which i turned my family onto back in 1987 when i saw it in tv guide when it was still pocket sized(remember that? i do!) because his character proved to me even an old enemy class of aliens turned ally can be a very good thing. i have not heard a peep about this anywhere in the media, short of here, period. i would love it if Michael Dorn got his own star trek series, because i would definitely watch it, considering i am not much into science fiction tv/films. the only 2 films from the 1990′s i liked are the undiscovered country and nemesis. aside from parts 2, 3, 4, i quit watching when the 2 series merged with generations which i hated due to capt. kirks attitude. but if this is D.I.T.W. then so be it and oh well?!

  12. Bleh. Worf was the second most boring character on TNG. Pushing past Wesley ‘The Boy’ Crusher and only surpassed by his own son, Alexander, as the most boring thing going on that show.

    I’d watch a Captain Riker show. I’d watch a Captain Geordi show. Hell, I’d even watch a Captain Spot show. Captain Worf? No. He was and always will be a side character. It would be like giving Michael Richards or Joey from Friends their own shows… oh.. that happened. And look what happened..

    So ya, don’t bother with this one please.

    • Johnathan Frakes getting his own show? i would most definitely watch it! need to bring in mirina sirtis whom portayed Deanna troi to make it more authentic. Star Trek: Capt. William Riker? bring it on!

      • Frakes??? I’ve watched every Star Trek series and movie ever made, but I wouldn’t watch a Captain Riker series if you paid me.

  13. If the show works out, why not havw=e some of the crew members of Voyagerm and, the
    Enterprise–NCC-1701-D(I think that this is the one where Picard was the Captain, that got destroyed, in the last film ever made where, Capt. Kirk is killed.

    As A bonified trekkie, I’d like to see the series take off, for another 10 years @ least. Who knows? It might even tie W/the original series!

  14. “Captain Worf” . . . HeII yes, bring it on!