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

Published 3 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).

Source: Trek News [via Moviehole]

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  1. He would not make a very good Captain of the Federation, simply because he is a Klingon and Klingons seek a battle not prevent one. He would have to overcome his instinct to fight and that I can imagine would be difficult to contain, as a Captain of a Starship.

    • I think its a great concept, its about time some sort of trek was back on the small screen.

    • That’s a little judgmental… Trek isn’t black and white like that and furthermore he’s had a different upbringing and development which I think compliments both his federation upbringing and his longing to be apart of his own race. The way you’re thinking describes B’Elanna Torres more than anything, she found the combination of being human and klingon tricky to contain at times….and even still became a well rounded officer and likely good captain if given the opportunity. So I think it’s all about how the character is developed not the basic outline of the where that character comes from.

    • I think that is exactly why it could potentially be good. The conflict alone would make for a great over-arching theme to the show: Being Klingon vs. Being Starfleet. I loved those episodes during TNG and they definitely could use some expansion.

    • Racist

    • You’ve just described dramatic tension.

    • @David: You obviously missed Worf in his role as commanding officer of the Defiant when Sisko was away. If the series is set during (or near the time of) the Dominion War it would fit perfect. That time frame aside, Worf is still a competent and dedicated Starfleet officer, who proved time and time again he was an asset to Starfleet.

    • The essence of good drama is conflict, and Worf is a very conflicted man. On one hand he’s a Klingon traditionalist, but on the other he has a very human sense of morality learned from growing up on earth.

      A star trek based around Worf would work best with an action format, after all he IS a klingon, but it could have some great depth.

  2. Too bad this wasn’t done years ago when Michael Dorn was younger as well as his other co-stars. Then it might have been more interesting since Worf is a very physically demanding role.

    • Michael is now a vegan and is in better shape than ever. I think an older, wiser Worf would make a good captain.

    • Well I’d say out of the entire TNG cast Michael Dorn has kept himself the most fit. And age doesn’t necessarily have to mean physical demands can’t be met or would be harder.

    • Patrick Stewart was significantly old when playing Captain Picard.

      I’m not sure what the life expectancy of a Klingon is, but I think this could work great if it’s set in a kind of “3rd Generation” timeframe.

      Make him significantly older and Captain of the Enterprise in the 25th Century.

    • yeah yeah yeah.. he can do it… but true it should have been done already…

    • I don’t agree. A captain is usually older, wiser, and not necessarily physically strong anymore. It’s fitting that he has aged, and offers that balance between being Klingon vs being Starfleet.

  3. Time to dust off my spec script “Star Trek: Invincible.”

  4. Worf back!!!!! SUPER!!!! I would love to see Worf and Data back together, and if Deanna Troy could come back (love interest as in one story line? or even just as ‘advisor’ to the captain) I would definitely tune in. Good luck, Michael Dorn – I hope you get the backing you need for this.

    • lol but Deanna and Will got married in Nemesis, I don’t think she’d cheat on Will with Worf…even if they did date in the past, which I actually thought was a better match anyways but oh well I guess Riker is her Imzadi…

  5. All I can say is PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. Shame jadzia dax was killed off or him being married with his wife on crew could have been added to the script.

  6. MAKE IT SO.

  7. It would be great to have a series with more ideas and fewer lens flairs, gratuitous underwear shots, and loud noises.

  8. I have nothing against Dorn. I am a fan. He did pretty well with Worf on TNG and DS9 for the most part. But this idea for a series is so played. It is LOOOOOONG past its time. I really hope they don’t try to make such a thing.

  9. I DS9 when he let the Cardassian spy die to save Jadzia, Sisko said Worf’s actions would make it impossible to get his own command.

    • What makes you think it’s a federation command? I doubt the Klingons care much about letting the Cardassian spy die in order to save his wife. So it could be that he serves in the Klingon Empire this time around.

      • Kardassian? Kardassian? Aren’t they that family that is famous for being outrageous celebrities? Or are they celebrated for
        being outrageously famous? Anyhow, they probably belong outside of Federation Space.

    • If Janeway can make Admiral after all the things she pulled then anything is possible.

  10. First, this is old news. Second, there is absolutely ZERO chance of this happening unless it’s done by one of the teams that put out cheesy, low-budget fan films featuring members of the various Star Trek casts awkwardly reprising their roles. A Worf TV series? No. It’ll happen happen, and no one really takes the rumor seriously.

    • I have to agree with you. Producing a space based TV series is very expensive – i think the last new US space series was defying gravity ?? – how long did that last ? unless JJ-abrams does a joss whedon and produces a trek spin-off based on…. which we already had sort of …. called enterprise.

      Some fan produced series can be technically sophisticated but the scripts are weak : theyre woefully simplistic and thats one of the resaons why a lot of the actors seem uncomfortable. They’re trained to tackle more demanding text

      I still think the future of trek ‘tv’ is online and although i dont like the idea of relying on old trek to inspire new trek – might be interesitng for the abrams crew to produce a few viginettes that expands his trek universe whenever a new film comes out.

      Or maybe if Star Trek Online evolves – perhaps develop something on the lines of a sophisticated CGI trailer

      As for Mr Captain Worf – id be surpsied if he gets backing for a series .. maybe a movelty one-off but if he is really serious and hes a serious actor – why not stage it ?
      Klingon’s lend themselves to theatre . i’m sure the fans would enjoy it . it can play across conventioons . if successful could even attract the likes of trained thespians mr stewart and mr shatner – even if they dont play their famous roles fans would love to see them act – with a proper script.

  11. Captain Neelix anyone?

  12. I would like to see them explore his life as the Klingon Ambassador. Focusing on the delicate balance between the Empire and the Federation. Looking at how the Klingons can truly find a place as warriors in the peaceful Federation. The show should take on a form much like Battlestar Galatica had as opposed to the traditional Star Trek shows of late. That way you can serve both the old fans and the new fans.

  13. I think Worf would be the perfect person to take over command of the Enterprise, from Captain Picard. You could even continue it on, from the book series. I’d love to see a version of the “Cold Equations” storyline, as well.

  14. Very Cool!!!!!!!! I always thought they needed to do a series completely about the Klingons and/or the Klingon Empire. I even came up with a story line — albeit it was in my brain. I kinda thought it (the series) would begin at the time of Kahless and move onto the modern era (time). I even have a Klingon emblem tattooed on my arm!!!
    I am sure happy that Michael Dorn is thinking on the same lines and is doing a new series. Let’s find him (Worf) a wife, okay?

    David D.

  15. I really hope it happens… I really miss DS9 and voyager… never missed an ep…I have all the seasons of both on dvd…. those were the best treks ever….don’t make tv like that anymore…

  16. Funny thing. I remember around the time when Star Trek 6 The Undiscovered Country came out. One of the cheap shots the next gen cast came up with directed at The Original Crew came from Mr. Dorn himself. He said himself “I wont be playing Work when I am 60″. Mr. Dorn is 60 now I believe?

  17. Actually, this article is wrong. The Battle of Sector 001 (ST: First Contact) happened in 2373. The Dominion War ended in 2375, at which point Martok asked Worf to be the Federation Ambassador to the Klingon Empire–and he accepted. Worf was never officially the captain of the Defiant; that was Sisko from the moment he got it until the moment he left to be with the Prophets. As for continuity in other films, Insurrection was also during the war, and Worf was technically on leave from his DS9 duties after setting up defenses at a UFP colony. For Nemesis, he was back in Starfleet after serving as ambassador. Attentive Trek fans will note that there is no lack of continuity, and that Sisko told Worf that his own command would be far-fetched after he let a Cardassian defector–willing to provide Starfleet with information to end the war–die, in favor of saving his wife, Jadzia Dax. If Worf WERE to get a Federation command, the producers of this concept will have to come up with a convincing story of how Worf overcame that black mark on his Starfleet record. Because, you know, fans. Well, at least fans of pre-2009 ST. We will watch, and we will explode the interwebs if we aren’t happy.

  18. OMG! This would make watching TV fun again 😉 I will keep my fingers crossed! Go Michael!!!!

  19. I think they’re stuck in JJ’s universe. I don’t see them going back to the Next Generation era.

  20. Don’t you dare say that! JJ ruined the Trek universe with Into Darkness. It couldn’t even be considered Star Trek it was so wrong. Gene Roddenberry is still rolling in his grave.

    The black mark of JJ must be cleansed from Trek with a new next gen style series. It’s the only way to repair the tear in the fabric of the universe he created. The timeline must be repaired!

  21. If it has anything to do with JJ Abrams reboot then I will not watch nor will many Star Trek fans. The reboot is not Star Trek it’s just a bunch of action movie b*******. Star Trek was more than action it was about serious issues and topical events. The JJ Abrams b******* is about TnA and action it’s the opposite of what Gene Roddenberry envisioned for Star Trek. My hope is that someone else takes over the development before he does any more harm to the franchise.

    • Amen .. so glad to see another REAL Trek fan agree with me that Abrams’ movies were total abortions of Star Trek.. complete with a stupid story, a mockery of great characters and lens flares in every shot. Abrams does nothing but capitalize on someone else’s work, and God only knows what will happen when Abrams gets his hands on Star Wars.

  22. Worf was a baby during the new Star Trek movie. Ohura heard over the radio that Khitomer was being attacked by Romulans. In the TNG universe he was found after this battle and raised on Earth by the Rozhenkos. I’m not sure how they would sync of this fact beween universes. Especially him being an adult Empire General during this timeline.

  23. Bring back the Borg

    • Make the Borg scary again. I lost interest in them after they created the Borg queen.

  24. He’ll make a great Captain. We need Trek back on the small screen. And age, as Jean Luc Picard proved, is not an impediment. Just DO NOT put the show on ABC, NBC, or CBS networks, it won’t last amid the carnage of the ratings wars. TBS, CW, Syfy, or TNT or something like that would be better. Let’s get this done, Syfy fans, back this show.

  25. Awesome! He was the silent type so this may work.

  26. I think Mr. Dorn has a better chance of doing a new series in which his CHiPs character is now a police captain/chief. That would be something to watch.

  27. They should make the Captain Sulu show, with Michael Dorn playing Mogh, to fit the timeline Sulu is on. And they can antagonize each other each and every episode! Sure it would get really contrived to figure out ways for them to get in each other’s way after 3-4 episodes, but it would bring Trek back to that sense of “camp”.

  28. I hope Abrams doesn’t have anything to do with it. He’d ruin this show just as he made a total abortion of Star Trek in his stupid movies. If he does have a hand in it, I’m sure he’d come up with some other abortion and then blame it all on an alternative timeline. Abrams would probably have the earth destroyed in the first scene and that the Klingons took over the galaxy and Picard and company were all a dream. That would be typical of the type of crap that comes from Abrams who does nothing but capitalize on someone eles’s work.

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