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. P-l-e-a-s-e. As an avid Star Trek fan, I predict this “project” will never see the light of day. Just sounds like the guy hasn’t been able to find any other work since his series ended, so he is trying to return to his glory days.

  2. ahh ya cant call it captain worf, your supposed to name it after the vessle. Its about the whole crew not one person. thats so corny and arrogant, i wouldnt watch it if i thought it was going to be an ego trip. also no offence to the guy but he didnt have an interesting character, and unless they get good writers like breaking bad and dexter did, then its just going to bomb.

    • Defiant. No better name for a Worf series.

      • Cooool. Sounds like a federation show with a beefed up USS Defiant, huh? Nice idea for title…

      • Agreed

    • While yes it is often considered the norm for it to be named after the Vessel in question (The Next Generation???), it sounds like this would be focused on Worf rather than a full ensemble cast.

    • theyre not calling it anything yet, “Captain Worf” is just a placeholder title.

      • Right! It needs to be called something — and as for the guy who thinks he’s re-living the glory days, well I can’t write what I am thiking, but you get the idea, right. Just think of that one Pantera song, “Piss”.

        David

    • Of course it will not be called Captain Worf, that’s a placeholder that tells you the state of the premise as far as we know it. The potential for a show in which he is the main character is great, so long as the people around him are top notch, on both sides of the camera. Breakiing Bad is great, but not at all Trek like. As for Dexter…do you really think those are great shows, writers, and actors? I’ve seen the show and enjoyed it, but compared to great TV, it’s a sloppy, lazy mess of a show in my opinion, that fails to strive for quality and relevance and excellence…much as the first few seasons of Enterprise often did. No half-assed attempts at tv trek should be considered. No repeating the mistakes that killed it, most recently the failure to make Entrprise excellent until it was too late and nobody was watching anymore… They cant afford to make a show that is uninspired or unambitous, or unoriginal. Can it be done? Of course! Will it be done? I doubt it. Fingers crossed.

  3. I’d definitely watch this.

    However… I just don’t see it happening. There will likely never be any Trek on screens big or small set in the old timeline. But, as much as I loved JJ’s version, Trek belongs on the small screen. A new tv show needs to happen.

    • Wish they would do a Retro Show with retro design,where all are dress up like back in TOS times !
      That would be awesome ! :)A couple of eps did that !

  4. Worf was one of the best characters on TNG outside of Data and Picard. They could easily make a Trek themed around a man with honor in a world without any, ala Ned in Game of Thrones. As long as he gets to shout lines like ‘PERHAPS TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO DIE!’ I and everybody’s father would watch that version of Star Trek.

  5. YES PLEASE! We need more Worf!!!

  6. How can he say that his character was developed? His character was one of the most devoloped characters in TNG!!! Plus, he had his fair share of time on DS9 as well!

  7. I would watch. Worf is a great character. Klingon episodes of Next Generation and DS9 were some of the best of both series.
    I know years back George Takei was talking of a Captain Sulu series. Hopefully this dream is realized.

  8. At least it couldn’t be worse than Voyager.

    • You mean Enterprise.

      • No, I mean Voyager. I liked Enterprise, at least it tried to be different. Voyager didn’t have an original bone in its bio-neural gel packs.
        I despise Voyager. I can count the number of great episodes on one hand.

        • Guess it’s all personal preference because I’m with Reavus and thought Enterprise was horribad. it seemed as if every other episode they were “jumping the shark” just to try and keep people interested.

          Voyager on the other hand, while it did take time to find it’s place, really started to shine with the addition of 7 of 9 (and the booting of Kes). I also loved Picardo’s EMH character story and it was nearly as interesting as Data’s.

        • Agreed!

          • I was agreeing with DrSamBeckett… I don’t know why it put my comment lower. :\

            • I’m in the Enterprise camp. I watch Voyager on televion and I can’t look at it for more than a few minutes before I wonder why I ever watched it in the first place. I really like Enterprise though.

              • Yes, I too loved “Enterprise” I would rather see them finish season 5 through 8, before they attempt anything else.

        • Agreed. Voyager sucked, and the government should require that anyone who has seen it, even a single episode, have those memories wiped from their mind.

        • Team Enterprise for me. I could never get into Voyager but I really enjoyed Enterprise for the first few seasons. It was cool to see the early beginnings, but the last season I’m not sure if it was the studio or the producers, but it just went way off track.

        • voyager was good and fun to watch at least it was still star trek all 5 shows were all apart of the trek :D

    • I loved Voyager!!

  9. yeah and look what happened when Disney gave Captain Jack Sparrow his own film….It’s gonna be a mess I know that. They are just gonna fill the show with 80% Comedy and 20% to none action related to Star Trek. Throw this old timer in a home and take away his journal he ain’t getting his own series.

    • That’s a pretty disrespectful comment.

      • I agree with you, very disrespectful. Maybe someone will toss his butt in a home.

        • hey it’s Dark Elfa from Joblo. Yes I agree very disrespectful.

  10. As a TNG fan,I like the idea. I’m hopeful that this is more than just one persons dream. I do wounder how a Worf TV show would work without any of the other characters. They would have to do something new without getting too far away from what worked before.

    • Any Trek show would have an ensemble cast so the Main character would have others to play off of. Also to allow for other stories beyond ones that feature Worf development.

      I think it should take place on a Klingon ship, but one with a crew that is nearly evenly divided between Klingons and Federation people, with a Romulan and at least one Cardassian to keep things interesting. Have it patrol the planets that make up the borders between Klingon, Federation, Romulan and Cardassian space.

  11. Im just happy to hear anything on the star trek tv show front. Maybe this one wont get made, but hopefully it means there is an interest in it that will help some other show get pushed forward.

  12. Actually the tv shows can still take place in the old timeline. And i would rather see one take place after the formation on Enterprise!

  13. I want Star Trek back on the TV but but but… Enterprise made me want to smash things. Voyage made me want to rip things, and DS9 made me want to drink heavily. I’m not sure I want to see what they would do to a new TV Trek although I do love Worf.

    • LOL. Maybe you should take a break from Trekking. Sounds like Star Trek makes you violent. Not that there’s anything wrong with violent Sci Fi girls.
      As a matter of fact, the thought of it sounds rather enjoyable.

  14. I don’t see how Worf wasn’t fully developed…he had more backstory and development throughout TNG and DS9 than most other characters in Trek Cannon.

    I’m all for a new Trek series though, preferably having nothing to do with Abrams films….set it a after Voyager. Maybe go a little darker than TNG.

  15. Would be good to see a follow up series to ST:TNG, DS9 & ST:VOT but set further into the future of that timeline. There was rumors of an aborted idea for a series called Star Trek: Federation where the U F P was in serious decline & the first USS Enterprise in 100 years is launched to help repel a new powerful enemy & continue the mission of exploration. Sounds good to me!!

  16. So this show is supposed to revolve around Worf? The most boring of Star Trek characters. Come on, Mr Dorn. Desperation has its limits,,,,

    Please, Paramount, DO NOT ” make it so… “

  17. Always like Dorn and the Worf character (even in his “short hair” time). Was interesting to see the creators literally allow Worf to let his hair down as time progressed.

    And while I would enjoy this show. I would admittedly prefer the show Jonathan Frakes pitched a while back but we could then have Worf as second in command.

  18. This will NEVER happen. It’s just like if Adam West said he has written a pilot for a new Batman series starring him and the “Reception has been good, we are moving things forward.” It’s all talk. I love TNG and Worf, but this is just a guy who is stuck signing autographs at Cons trying to talk himself up a new paycheck.

  19. Yes: I liked the “tough” Worf best and seeing him “release his inner Klingon” would be pretty cool. I really hope and pray this happens!! To whom @ Paramount shall we write in to get this going??? It appears to be a no-brainer, but the decisions of the ‘Front Office’ mentality of many companies [like the movie "Super Mario Bros"] can beg the question, “what were they thinking?”. Please help… get Worf BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. I’m not interested in that concept. I think the klingons where already overrepresented in DS9 and TNG. They bored me to bits everytime they were on screen.

  21. I caught the end of Insurrection on TV yesterday. I was actually happy to see it. I always referred to it as a TV two-parter sewn into a movie. But it was nice seeing a TNG adventure I had only watched once or twice before.

    “He wouldn’t.”
    “Yes, He would.”

    I’d like to see them do what they did after TOS – make an animated version of TNG. Maybe they could do that instead. Worked on Family Guy…

  22. JJ has provided the franchise with a clean slate. Don’t go back to the cluttered one for the next TV series.

    Use the open one. Empty of continuity restrictions waiting to be filled with a new vision.

    • Since I believe that this story would go forward in time, the only critical potential continuity issue would be to address the destruction of Romulus… And possibly mention the loss or pushed death of ambassador Spock.

  23. I love the idea and would watch it for the originality alone, of having a captain with that kind of personality.

  24. I think if written well and directed like star trek deep space 9 and generation it would be a great show!

  25. No, no, hell no.

  26. Data would be a much better choice. Think about it all the many missions stored on his hard drive from tng and beyond relived by a new crew with a little cgi it wouldn’t be hard to keep data looking like data also some of the tech elements of data could be realised he is an android after all. Just a thought as data was and still is my favourite character

    • Data’s dead, Jim.

      • Data did a backup before “dying”.

        • no data didn’t get a back up. he died saving picard. now he has another brother besides lore… but that version was an earlier undeveloped android

  27. I Data would be a much better choice. Think about it all the many missions stored on his hard drive from tng and beyond relived by a new crew with a little cgi it wouldn’t be hard to keep data looking like data also some of the tech elements of data could be realised he is an android after all. Just a thought as data was and still is my favourite character

    • Data is dead.

      • He’s dead in so many ways, not the least of which is the total lack of interest on the part of the actor, who doesn’t even look the part anymore. As an animated Trek concept, not tied to a potentially disastrous change of actor, this could work beautifully. Free from the restrictions of expensive sets, fixed in a single time frame, your idea takes flight. Have episodes take advantage of the format, the way Japanamation does. Tell stories from several time periods, some set on the Ent D, maybe on DS9 or back in the early academy days we know Data went through. Show his origins in great detail with his father and brother, the planet they grew up on, etc. Make the Crystalline entity interesting for an ep or two, and maybe frame it all from a distinctly Data perspective, like an evolved future Data as the framing device for these flashbacks… He could narrate, and chuckle about his primitive ignorance while acclimating us to his new self. Of course having him look the same age in all these eras would be a powerful continuity, even if he grows a beard and wears tie dye in the future… Pie in the sky ideas, but fun to ponder anyway. Very clever.

      • Yes, but B-4 is not, and B-4 has all of Data’s memories; he just needs more pathways. But I do agree with Josh Calkins that it probably wouldn’t work because Spiner looks nothing like the role that made him famous.

        • And I get the impression that Spiner disdains trek and Trekkies these days, sometimes while pocketing their ticket money. Maybe that’s not true, but did anyone see the whole cast together in that group interview? I think he’s totally sick of the hands that fed him. Plus he wanted Data dead several movies ago, so resurrecting him in any way at all that involves his performance seems unlikely, and at best purely motivated by cash, much like his more cynical appearances. I can imagine being sick to death of it from his perspective, but if he can’t show any more love and appreciation these days for his great fortune, then maybe he ought to distance himself until his attitude improves. Palpable exasperation will not endear him to the audience he is sooooo lucky to have. So I see your point on B4, good call, but it doesn’t matter I suspect.

          Also, I wouldn’t suggest a show starring the Doctor from Voyager, (unless you count the show Voyager!), but some of the same possibilities apply to him so far as storytelling. Anybody remember the interesting episodes “Living Witness” and “In the Blink of an Eye”? They explored his potentially vast lifespan, evolution, and static physical attributes in really clever ways that could be used to frame a larger tale. Maybe that’s more likely for a book than a series though. He may be an excellent character, but is a whole show really plausible? Not as the main character, I think. He could join Worf though, and be the commando type EMergency Command Hologram he always wanted to evolve into! Sweeeeet….

          • Your second paragraph is spot on. The EMH was always one of the best reasons to see Voyager; of course, a couple more reasons surfaced when 7 of 9 joined the crew. :-D

  28. I hate to say it, but Worf’s the Wolverine of Star Trek. In that Hollywood thinks he’s this big deal with fans when in reality he usually comes across as annoying. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Worf and he had some great moments but his own series, no thanks. A series where he’s captain and his crew has a new and exciting mission with a variety of recurring guests (ala Rom, Nog, Garret, etc….. might i suggest Alexander as one perhaps?.) then I’d watch as long as not EVERY episode focused on Worf and his wanna-be Klingon Honor.

    • If you were any other man I’d KILL you where you stand!

      • Picard insulted him publicly… Then apologized privately. Problematic. Might still need to kill the Captain after that one.

      • You speak like a Klingon but you smell like a worthless humaaan!! I’d wager you cower when battle is at your feet and when you see a real Klingon, your heart races with fear and you seek refuge!! Your blood is too thin and your heart is too frail to be Klingon!!!

        Can someone go and get me a Tribble?

        :-D

        • That’s it! You’ve nailed it! The show is about Trimble exterminators, led by a grim-faced captain Worf with dual Bat’leths coved in gore! Tough to turn that premise didactic and make the morals ring true in an organic manner, but it can be done, and it will.

          • The eternal search for the coveted Glomah, the only predator of the Tribble (from the animated show). :-)

          • Actually, it’s a Glommer that was the Klingon genetic construct prototype for TRIBBLE eradication; you might TRY to do “Trimble extermination”, but then you’d be guilty of attempted murder, as Ms. Bjo Trimble is well-loved by the Trek Community; she was the guiding force behind the mail-in campaign that got Original Trek its third season.

  29. Great news. Keeping fingers crossed to see it happen.

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