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

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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. Wasn’t this supposed to be a tv movie and not a series? At least that is what I remember from another interview. Anyway I’m fan of the idea of Captain Worf but I doubt this will happen now that we have a new timeline (I know the prime universe still exists but I think the studio cares more for the new timeline since that’s their big hit) so why not Michael Dorn materialize his ideas in a series of novels or comics? That would be awesome and it would be even better if he could find a way to bring back Jadzia (hey it’s a science fiction show, anything is possible in a world with time travel, Q, parallel universes) since he’s a big fan of this relationship himself.

    • I would definatelly buy the novels or comics with Captain Worf and Commander Jadzia Dax as his first officer. Maybe in a parallel universe or in the new timeline? That would be f great!

      • I’d love to read a novel about Captain Worf and Commander Jadzia Dax in a timeline where she doen’t die. They made a great team in the series and Jadzia is the only person who can balance Worf.

        • I completely agree. Worf and Jadzia made the best couple in Star Trek. A novel with them would convince me to read the Star Trek novels again.

          • I WOULD LOVE IT!!!!…CAPTIAN WORF TO THE RESUCE OF THE STAR TREK UNVERSE!…….NEXT BEST THING TO TIATIAN!

    • Well I think the key reason that Dorn would rather make a new TV series is because he’s an actor. I’d assume he’d rather reprise his role of Worf and not just write a story about him.

      Also, what’s the problem really with both the primary timeline and the new one coexisting? Use the draw of both to draw in cash.

      It would be nice to bring Jadzia back into things somehow. Of course could still work without her since he’d be a captain who’d lost two women he loved which is plenty of personal baggage to work with.

      I’d love to see this idea come to life as a new Star Trek TV series. Really could use a new one and Worf would be a great way to make something familiar, but fresh.

      • I’m sorry, but dead should mean dead-this is not DC or Marvel Comics we’re dealing with here. If anything, Worf could always hook up with Dr. Selar, the Vulcan doctor from TNG who was supposed to be Worf’s lady love before they came up with K’Ehlar and Jadzia.

        If Dorn can’t get CBS Studios and CBS Television to commit to a series, then a comic book is all that will be happening with his idea.

    • It can take place in the New Timeline.

      Ok, the New Timeline is not an alternate universe, but more so a kink in the current timeline.

      Spock Prime was because he was older. Not because it is a different universe. So anything that happens, as the Klingons becoming allies with the Federation can happen.

      You just have to know how bending time works. :)

      • Well, Jeff … you obviously don’t know how “bending” time works because the Jar Jar Abrams movie is NOT a new timeline or a “kink” in the current one. But is in fact … an alternate reality … a concept from the Many Worlds Theory. Orci and Kurtzman confirmed this in an interview prior to the film’s release, but did a shabby job of pulling it off in the movie. Hence your confusion. Watch the TNG episode “Parallels” and you will learn something new.

  2. STAR TREK: CAPTAIN WORF has got to be the DUMBEST title for a Star Trek series ever. If there is any validity to any of this, I hope they rethink that title. (o_O)

    • Thats only a working title.

    • No… Star Trek: Starfleet Academy was the dumbest idea/ title for a Star Trek series.

      While I dislike the title of a “Captain Worf” Series, I think that a series with Worf as the Captain of a Federation starship would be a great idea.

      For the love of God… NOT in the “Alternate timeline” the 2009 timeline is an abomination.

  3. I could see this working if the approach is taken as it being a Star Trek series, and Worf happens to be the captain. Worf’s time-span is far in the future from anything having to do with Abrahm’s universe and really has nothing to do with it. I like the idea because Worf was a good character and (probably by accident) there was a natural kind of evolution for him throughout the 11 years he was involved in Star Trek on the small screen. Really, I would just like to see a new Star Trek series get off the ground, I miss looking forward to new episodes. Worf was a good character, his involvement would add some instant credibility to a new series (especially after so long without a Star Trek series), and how often do you see an actor of a lead character actually want to keep his role after so long? More often than not, it seems these folks have to be sold into revisiting their roles.

  4. Yay I’d totally watch this new series and many more too once they see the trailer…plus many old fans…but one question…will Worf be commanding the Enterprise?

    • He could be commanding the enterprise. He is first officer in the novels, and supposedly, Picard becomes the ambassador to Vulcan. It would ad validity to the novels and comics that have kept this series alive for fans as well as adding a new dimension to things.

      Not a fan of bringing back Jadzia like so many others in this thread are. Ezri Dax could make some nice appearances though. In Star trek, gemerally, the dead stay dead.

      • Picard ambassador to Vulcan?
        Tsk, tsk, he should have listened to kirk when he said he should never let them promote him off the bridge of his ship.

  5. I’ll be interested to watch this (if it ever takes off). I’d like to see the story set several years after the events of the movie Star Trek: Nemesis where the Federation is still coming to terms with dealing with the Romulan Empire as a new ally. The point of interest here would be how the Klingon Empire and the Romulan Empire would try to co-exist in this new alliance after years (or centuries, perhaps?) of hostilities between the two of them. Needless to say, plot points for a series arch could focus on the delicate or even fragile nature of the alliance.

    Worf will be the captain of a new ship (the title of the series could be named after that ship, whatever it would be) and of course, and he would be thrust in the middle of the premise I stated above, wherein he would balance or (try to) manage his internal conflicting feelings of being an officer of the Federation and as a Klingon who harbors some animosity towards the Romulans.

    Well, that’s just a thought.

    • Don’t the Klingons join the federation withing 20 years of Nemesis?

      • No.

  6. From a career standpoint, I find it unlikely worf would be made a captain. Despite the feats he accomplished in the war he did have a massive black spot on his record when he failed to rescue a cardassian defector in favour of jadzia, at which point Sisko informs him his career is likely to be irrepliclably damaged:

    “…I had to go back… and it did not matter what Starfleet thought or what the consequences were. She was my wife and I could not leave her.”
    “As your captain, it is my duty to inform you that you made the wrong choice. I don’t think Starfleet will file any formal charges — even a secret court-martial would run the risk of revealing too much about their intelligence operations. But this will go in to your service record… and to be completely honest, you probably won’t be offered a command on your own after this.”
    “I understand.”
    “I have also issued new orders — you and Jadzia are not to be assigned to a mission on your own ever again… and one last thing: as a man who had a wife… if Jennifer had been lying in that clearing… I wouldn’t have left her either.”

    So whilst I’ll jump for joy if another Trek hits the screens, whatever form it may be, having worf as a captain constitutes a lack of apreciation for cannon in my mind, unless truly and well justified.

    • AFTER A ADMERIAL WENT ON A GENICEDAL SPREE IN INSURRECYION AND WITH PICARD AND SISCOS AND THE KLINGON HIGH COMANDS APROVAL?…..WORF as CAPT. is perfect!

    • Worf was the captain of a Defiant class starship in the First Contact.

      • no he wasn’t. he was 2nd officer of the defiant but he JUST happen to be in command of the ship AND in sector 001 on his way to Earth and join in the fight against the Borg. In DS9 he was Tactical Officer and whenever Sisko couldn’t command the Defiant, Worf was the commander but he wasn’t captain.

  7. I’m surprise no one talks about the fact this is the first time a non human is the captain.

    • it said probably.

    • He would not be the first non human Captain….Spock was an acting Captain in the Star Trek (2009)…

  8. They’ve done too much in the Next Generation era. It’s time to move on a few centuries. Maybe Dorn can plan Worf’s great great great great grandson.

    • Any further in the future and the series becomes dull and lacking of entertainment. They (the Federation/ Starfleet)become too powerful and there isnt much that can threaten them. Asside from an uberly powerful race of beings, but that’s been done with the Borg. No, current 24th century time line would be much better.

  9. Crazy idea… how about a Star Trek/Marvel crossover? Put the Klingon’s up against the Asgardians.

  10. But I want Star Trek show and besides lets look at the story before we jump to anything.

  11. I have always said that Star Trek’s home is on the small screen. When it comes to putting the reboot on the small screen, JJ unfortunately is dragging his neanderthal knuckles along the ground and has no interest in putting the franchise back on the small screen so in 10 years they’ll end up rebooting Star Trek yet again especially since all the new cast will be too old and have lost interest. If Michael can get another proper Star Trek series back on the small screen then so much the better because let’s face it, there’s no space opera on television right now and hasn’t been for some time….. with the exception of a certain timelord spitting out sporadic adventures, and 13 episodes comes nowhere close to the star trek standard 24 episodes.

  12. A Worf series in the Prime universe could work, the issue of the career mark in DS9 would not present a massive narrative issue to write around. Just present it that after further good service saving the Federation more then once and a good word from a future Admiral Picard ;-) any career marks could be expunged! Remember Kirk ignored the head of Star Fleet operations stole the Enterprise and got bumped down to captain. Saving his wife is a fairly understandable thing and as Sisko kind of points out Commands fault for placing them in that situation!

    The way to work the series is to give a time gap, one poster suggested Worf’s great grand son or something…no need! He is a Klingon and in the Next Gen/TNG timeline still very young for his species. I feel a twenty year gap from the end of Nemesis could be used!

    Consider the universe we would have then, the Federation and her allies with new technology gleaned from Voyagers return, Borg sensors and Transwarp drive being the most significant. Look at the politics the Federation and her allies can now quickly travel to the Delta and Gamma quadrant using Transwarp. How is the Dominium recovering? How are all the different quadrants coping with that massive expansion of trade. The J.J.Abrams film also brings an opportunity! The Romulan Star Empire crippled after the destruction of Romulus! That means the treaty of Algeron would be null and Void…Star Fleet now has cloaking technology!

    With all that a new series with a newly minted captain Worf on a new Federation ship with fancy technology, cloaking device and Transwarp patrolling a volatile and massively expanded universe would be fantastic!

    Sign me up for that!

    • I like the way you think. That would make for a very interesting series, though I would personally like to see a far less complicated story-line.. A throwback to the TOS and first two seasons of TNG writing style. Enterprise was on the right track towards the beginning before they were desperately trying to score high enough ratings to stay afloat. I like the idea of the timeline you’re suggesting, and the technology that goes with it. The episodes should be situational with character development and moral dilemmas being what drives it. Some of the later Star Trek series started to lose me with the drawn-out sub-plots.

      That being said, the absence of the Romulan Empire would create a gargantuan power shift in that universe. I could see it heightening tensions between the Federation and the Klingons. Worf could be front and center in that conflict. He not only has experience in that situation, but he’s also one of the only active Starfleet officers with experience commanding a cloaked federation ship in battle. :)

  13. I exactly understand your desire to get back to simpler Trek CaptainTumeria but I wonder if that was not the problem Voyager and Enterprise suffered.

    The way I see it what I have suggested fits the best into the established canon but with the important time breather to allow the writers more flexibility. On the face of it what I have suggested sounds a bit complex but no more then DS9 in many ways and I think all the strands should introduced over time. Initially it should be a Universe struggling with new technology, expansion and the collapse of the Romulans. Overtime the details could be filled in. Not much more needs to be said then that, Worf is the captain of a new ship that is dropped into that climate. The first Alien Trek captain, I would also be tempted to have a Romulan first officer almost like an anti Spock! Maybe some Romulans have joined the federation after the collapse. Maybe there is a dark secret from his/her days in Romulan service. Also imagine the character conflict that could be brought in and then solved because Worf lost his parents to the Romulans and Star Fleet are forcing this appointment on him. Trek is at its best be it the movies or TV series when it is character focussed!

    Also it shouldn’t try to be the best new Trek which is the mistake made with Voyager and Enterprise, give the writers flexibility within the canon but stop treating Roddenberry vision as this almost sacred thing! Next Gen only really took off when Rodenberry was gone and they were allowed to bring in real threats like the Borg.

    I envisage a character driven show taking account of a changed Prime universe, with a whole season to play with the details could be filled out in time!

    Finally place snipers at the Entrance to the Paramount lot with orders to keep Braga and Berman out!

    • What if both men can write and direct a good episode?

      I wish that this show could become a reality, but something tells me that it can’t and won’t ever happen due to the hatred that Leslie Moonves (the head of CBS Corporation which owns the Star Trek franchise) has for Star Trek. As of now, the only outlets a Star Trek show can be seen on are CBS, the CW, and Showtime (Nickelodeon could be the place where an animated or live-action show about Starfleet Academy could air, as it is nominally tied to CBS through Paramount Pictures and Viacom) but all of this would be for naught if Moonves doesn’t want a Star Trek show on his networks and channel, or won’t allow Viacom to have a Star Trek show on Nickelodeon or MTV.

      So, unless Dorn can convince CBS executives to blow off J.J. Abrams, or at least convince them that two different version of Star Trek set in different times can exist sided by side, the whole thing will end up just like the previous idea for a show about Captain Sulu. Maybe Dorn can get IDW interested in a comic book instead.

  14. This will never happen, as long as Jar Jar Abrams is running the franchise. I would LOVE to see it. but, Abrams will never allow anything to conflict with his precious new universe.

    • Please stop insulting Abrams like you most likely insulted Berman & Braga. Nobody care what you or the other whiners and complainers think about the last movie and the next one.

      • I thought Abrams did an awesome job. I loved the new movie despite being very skeptical. If they did bring Worf back to the small screen I would like to see it in the same alternate timeline created by the new (old) Trek period.

      • Be honest with yourself… Berman and Braga destroyed the franchise. Any raging/ hating on either is well deserved.

        Regarding Abrams… he purposefully dumbed down the Star Trek franchise to cater to a generation who do not want to be stimulated by actual scientific concepts and deep philosophical concepts. Abrams will soon deserve the chastising given him if he keeps ruining a great thing.

        Lets be honest here… 2009 was an action movie with a Trek name… Nothing more.

  15. For a tough guy Warf sure had a glass jaw. Hit him – knocked out. Protect the ship Warf push something – too late.

  16. Seriously, The Star Trek spin-off I’d most like to see is a Captain Sulu movie! He was a badass capatin!

    • That’s not going to happen, either; it almost did, but Paramount decided to go with Star Trek: Enterprise. You can always see Sulu as captain of the Excelsior in the video game Star Trek: Shattered Universe.

  17. I think this is a terrible idea… Nothing against Michael Dorn but he said his character was never really developed properly… Really? After like 7 years of STTNG and 4 years on DS9 his character wasn’t developed??

    That’s probably because Worf was the wimpiest Klingon ever. He always got his ass kicked and couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag. I’m sure there was an episode where he got his butt kicked by a tribble. His character was totally lame and his son was even lamer as the universe’s only sissy-boy Klingon.

    Don’t believe me? Look at this: http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/10/worf_worst_klingon_ever.php

    He’s lame! I watched every Star Trek series except Enterprise, which sucked too, and I would not be interested in a Worf series in any way.

    • So, your only valid argument is some s***** article from a s***** fanboy site? Sorry, but all you’ve done is prove nothing except that your’re a troll, and have also not proven that Dorn couldn’t get and act in a spin-off show about Worf.

    • Except… He nearly always won a hand to hand fight against another Klingon.

  18. OK, so an actor with an unusual voice and look can’t find work outside of cartoons and video gamers, and is trying to convince studio bosses to resurrect his most successful role. More news at 11.

    • He’s actually a rather normal looking black man out of makeup. What unusual look, and while we’re at it, what unusual voice? Maybe he’s been having trouble getting acting work, IDK, but I doubt it’s due to how “unusual” he is.

    • I would actually be more interested in seeing Dorn play a human (or human-looking) character than to reprise the role of Worf *because* he’s NOT unusual looking. In fact, he’s a very fit and attractive man with a smooth voice. I’m actually surprised that he wants to submit himself to all that make-up again. If they decide that they don’t want another human captain, maybe he could be a 1/4 Klingon descendent of Worf, possibly some other humanoid race thrown in there too. That would leave room for some make-up, but not 2 – 3 hours’ worth. It would also allow for a man who, on the one hand may feel divided loyalties because he’s multi-racial, or, on the other hand, is Federation through and through because he’s the product of so many Federation races. There would be no place for him to exist outside of the Federation because he’s such an odd mix of races.

  19. Sweet, its about time for a new Trek show.

  20. This would be awesome. Ive noticed that the general quality of American society seems to be completely dependent on whether or not theres a decent Star Trek series on television at the time.

  21. this sounds AWESOME!! i would watch this series avidly! i named my daughter Jadzia & i know of one other girl in my town with that name. :D Worf and Jadzia together were so great! made me love the characters even more!
    i hope this comes to pass. we need a decent series from ST on now. hopefully the scifi channel (screw the new idiot logo thing they got going) doesn’t cancel ANOTHER decent show! yeah yeah..countin chickens afore they is hatched…but you know scifi would do it just to screw with people.
    Cheers!

  22. Dear God not another Starfleet based show. I love them all. I ran a Klingon cos-play group for a decade. I love Star Trek but for crying out loud haven’t we seen enough political correctness TV out of this franchise. DS9 struggled at the start because their was no grit. It got good once there was conflict. That’s the nature of this kind of show.

    Doing a Klingon-centric show could solve LOTS of issues. No problem with alternate time line continuity. Plenty of sources for conflict. Something new and original that isn’t a re-hash of the last 40 years of scripts. Lots of fresh real estate for the writers. A completely different perspective on everything from honor to government policy to technology to historical mythology.

    But alas, that will never happen. It would require some actual creativity on the part of the writers and producers and that hasn’t happened in any franchise for decades. All this industry knows how to do any more is re-make what their daddy’s made: Knight Rider, Charlies Angels, Battlestar, Dallas, Alien, Footloose, Red Dawn, Tron, Judge Dredd, Bionic Woman… Shall I go on?

    Abrams doesn’t even come up with new stuff within his own writings: Everything is a time travel story: Lost, Enterprise, Alcatraz. Even the next movie is going to be a re-hash of Wrath of Khan but in the newly created time line (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1408101/). His story for ‘Revolution’ about electricity just stopping but it works when there is a magic pendant nearby shows us the guy is just starved for good ideas and a total lack of understanding about science. The last good thing he did was Alias.

  23. Captian Worf… Why not? Maybe a good idea. I thinkwe could see how Nog did in the last years, too.

    But I think this series would be great, if it doesn’t run for more than two seasons… Maybe???

  24. As on who wrote a letter to NBC after the 1st season cancellation I will look forward to a new series. Please fight for it hard.

  25. I think it would be a great idea and it could have special guest visits from the TNG cast and DS9. As for J.J. Abrams Star Trek, that should not effect a new Series like this as it would be still with in the Original DS9 TNG Time line. Beside Abrams is not really sticking with Canon.

    • And speaking of Abrams, It won’t be a pity if his tries on Star Trek would be forgotten.

  26. I would love to see a series where Worf is a captain of a federation ship. Why not?

  27. nooooooooo warf cannot be a captain they need to find a new one its like saying oh we’re going to take mrs money penny and make her the new bond! It doesn’t work!

  28. This is a terrible idea. Micheal Dorn is a terrible actor. His performance is carried by his co-stars in every scene he is in. Sure the story can be written in any fashion either being true to the purists or tapping into the new universe and the record breaking profit it has brought the Star Trek name. But none of that matters as Dorn was the absolute worst actor on the set… Because he is such a terrible actor, any series where he has the lead role will fail after the first season.

    • Oh, give me a BREAK! Avery Brooks STILL needs acting lessons, and he got the lead on DS9! 8-P

  29. I always loved Worf more than ANY other character! But they brass needs to decide yes or no pretty quick; Michael Dorn’s not getting any younger, he’s got to be almost 60 by now.