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. As long as the movie doesn’t try to turn Worf into the confused husband of Troi, as one plot on ST-NG followed. That was just too strange. However, having Worf posted to that all-female pleasure colony as a visiting captain would be pretty funny. Worf always trying to get everybody up for fight practice, and all of the musicians and dancers just stretching and pouting and driving him crazy!

    • worf has a confused husband of troi was funny as hell on TNG episode.

  2. Oh my God I think I’ve figured it out….STAR TREK: DEFIANT

  3. Because of Captain works violtile kligon temper,
    he would need even tempered fist officer to calm
    him down occasionaly.

    • Well, I know when I have my “fist officer” around it gets me… excited!

  4. I read in another thread from another web page that they are taking about a police procedural type Trek. Like an NCIS called SFIS Star Fleet Investigative Service. Now if you take that rumor and this one. Put them together. Worf a security officer and a police procedural. Could one be confirming the other?

  5. Michal Dornan is 60 – a little on the elderly side to play an action hero. Besides, TNG era is so 80’s\. It’s time to move on.

    But honestly, I don’t care much anymore, not since I discovered how great Doctor Who is.

    • @Rich Jurgens: Yep, I grew up on Doctor Who starting with Tom Baker and the new one is different but so much better.

    • Some of us grew up with Dr. Who, Star Trek and a slew of other series at the same time, so slightly irrelevant there. Dr. Who is nice, but I could make the same jab about TNG being 80’s (But late 80’s, more of a 90’s show as it continued) applied to Dr. Who.

      Until new seasons of Dr. Who continued to come around. The franchise is irrelevant; all it takes is the right writers. While I’m glad you’ve been newly introduced as a Whovian (as WhoLIGANS are The Who fans), it can be placed on almost any series.

    • you move on if you don’t like it… take you opinion and shove it…

    • I think this entirely depends on how physically fit he is. He’s aged quite well and the heavy prosthetics for Worf are going to hide large portions of his face anyway.

      Speaking of Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi is 55 and could conceivably be playing the Doctor into his 60s as well.

    • dr. who…oh god i puked in my own mouth

    • 60 is not to old wow you must be like 19 or 20 if you think 60 is old..
      I think its great to try and have a new star trek tv show. one never knows if it
      will be a hit or not. yet the new movies made it big so why not another tv show.

  6. Captain Worf will never be made because it would kill the future of the franchise
    Worf is a featured player not the Star…..

    I would enjoy seeing a Star Trek feature using Admiral Janeway

    Sorry Mr. Worf no feature for you

  7. I want this show to happen. Captain Sisko was grooming Worf for command. He also worked under two of the best captains in Federation history. He may have tarnished his name when he saved Jadzia. But the dominion war left starfleet understaffed and his stint as ambassador would return his cred.

    I would would also like Ezri Dax in this show because she only had one season to develop as a character on DS9. Maybe as first officer? Since this will need to be set 10-20 years post DS9 timeline to account for the actors’ having aged, her character will have matured enough as a Dax to make for a fine first officer. And they have good chemistry as friends and ex-partners.

    Last but not least, I would love to see Joss Whedon and Russel T. Davies co-produce this show. Now I know I am dreaming… but why not dream big? I really do think they would be perfect for the job!

    • We don’t need joss whedon after he copied the show “Forever Knight” for his show “Angel”. No offense or anything.

      • To be fair, just how many ways ARE there to run a show about a “remorseful” vamp?

        Consider too, that Nick either didn’t have a soul, or it was a damned one (I recall an ep suggesting his soul, if he had one still, looked like a ripped-open festering corpse w/predators feeding upon it). He had a mentor vamp that tormented him constantly and eventually offed him (whereas Angel offed Darla; IIRC F.K. kept the idea that the sired c/n kill their sires). Nick was a cop (OK, Angel reluctantly became a P.I. of sorts). Nick looked fairly normal, not model-ish. He wasn’t in love with the latest and greatest incarnation of a demon-infused human charged with offing vamps. He also flew, moved with “celerity”, and had any number of advantages not inherent to Buufy-vamps.

        “Remorseful vamp” can only go so many ways, after all, and UNremorseful vamp only goes for so long, at least unless it is 100% soap opera drivel. Angel was 50% soap opera and Forver Knight was, max, 25% (which, TBH, did leave it a bit flat and random/episodic at times, tho it kept the show more on track w/straight vamp themes).

      • Oh please, he did no such thing. Remorseful vamps are hardly new, and weren’t nhhen “Forever Knight” was conceived ether.

    • Well put!!

    • Yeah Joss Whedon, writer of such great stories as Alien: Resurrection. Joss does good character work but in general is not great with plot and is pretty overrated.

      • Alien: Resurrection wasn’t really fully Joss’s script by the time it hit production, as the ending was re-written by an uncredited author.

        Additionally, Joss noted that the way the producers, directors presented/had the characters read the lines was not in keeping w/the way the script was written, weakening it considerably. This last bit, we might chalk up to Joss just being inexperienced w/production at the time, but it also might be quite true, as the same thing happened with the Buffy MOVIE, and it sucked, but when Joss had complete control from writing to production (the Buffy TV series) it rocked.

        • The “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” movie was humorous, but not at all the same genre – and for a reason. The movie had funding and production problems (executive meddling) and the dark vision Whedon had was taken away from him from on high. He had o say at all in how it was made. He also hated it; so much so that his dislike for the movie essentially COMPELLED him (once he had enough clout in the TV world) to make a Buffy TV series that did have a darker vision (and the Angel one).

          Also Angel (in both of the series) vocally *HATED* the whole “Anne Rice’ fandom people with their, “Vampires are not evil. They are just misunderstood. They are the dark lonely ones” crap. In Buffy when you got changed to a vampire, it wasn’t you in that meat suit anymore. It was a demon who had your memories and fragments of your personality.

          Darnkess in Buffy? Nah – For instance :

          * SEX SLAVERY – A group of “low theory of mind” tech-happy geeks (the Triad) intended to use technology and magic to FORCE a popular cheerleader who despised them…to be their sex slave!!! They wanted to rob her of all personal will and have sex with her (“can you say Rohypnol boys and girls?”).

          * TRICKED INTO MURDER – One of the members of this “triad” was eventually killed (the leader, who had the least ethics and was the most power hungry). His ghost reached out from beyond death (and the hell mouth) to trick one of his friends (the one with the most ethics) into killing the other friend. Mind you the “tricked friend” had been reassured that his actions would NOT actually kill the guy. Then he found out the truth after having killed his friend.

          * WRONG ON THE INSIDE – Buffy died and was resurrected by Willow, but she came back from the dead “wrong”….so very wrong that the anti-violence chip is Spikes head that made him unable to attack anything but demons…allowed him to do anything to her.

          * BLOODY VENGEANCE – Willow and Tara were in love and were a couple for some time. The deity Gloriana killed Tara without a thought. Willow reacted to this so deeply (and badly) that she used all of the BAD parts of magic she had ever learned to become a very dark evil powerful being in order to go and kill the thing that murdered her lover.

          Honestly, a great deal of the ongoing arcs were thinly veiled parallels about abusive relationships and abusive family issues. Buffy does not “feel right inside”. She has a single mother (why is dad out of the picture & so despised). Her sister Dawn is actually a being of “perfect goodness” who she protects from all the “demons”. This has been commented on at length.

      • Funny that you would cite a work which was not wholly written by the man by the time it hit the screen, ignoring the large body of excellent writing he did for 4 different TV series (one of which spawned college-level courses), a cult-favorite film, AND a little hollywood blockbuster called “The Avengers”.

        If you don’t like the man’s work, that’s fine, but at least show some intellectual honesty when you express your opinion.

    • Joss Whedon is way too busy with creating the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’ll be making those movies for the next 15 years at least. No go for him.

  8. Another point, slightly off topic. With the success of the recent reimagining of the Star Trek TOS, might there be a reboot the TOS for a new series? Doing what they wanted to do but now the screen tech exists to deliver.

    • @Tennyson: CBS (in the form of chairman Leslie Moonves) has made it clear they don’t want to do another Star Trek TV show, or even spend the money on it. Also, in order for a Star Trek show to survive today, it can’t have the same format as the previous shows, or even the same kind of set-up where nothing changes or actions don’t have far-reaching consequences (i.e., no reset button.)

      • @Neville6000 Yep, I saw that statement too. But it wouldn’t be the first time they said one thing and did another. But, I think you’re right on that one where it needs to be a different format. Everything’s going towards police procedurals. What ever it is, if in deed they do something with the “Star Trek” name regardless of the content. I’d watch it. Unless they do something like Battle Star Galatica.

        • The BSG reboot, or “Prattle-far Retractica” as I call it, was a great series. Until it ended. The writers literally had no idea what they were doing, an issue JJ has, as well.

          A writer NEEDs to know where their story is going. Period. The BSG team was literally VOTING on things for the last season. Voting.

          Cally’s actress, Nicki Clyne, noted she felt the writers had no real plan. . . and her character got blown out an airlock in the next season. Yep. Sounds like she hit a nerve.

  9. Going on record: I’d watch the hell out of this show!

  10. They just made Worf such a tragic character — orphaned, accidentally killed a boy when he was a teenager, alienated from other Kiingons even though he’s an honorable man who loves his culture, lover and mother of his child dies, alienated from his son, WIFE/love of his life dies, etc. etc. I don’t want to see him as a Starship captain, I want to see him happy in his own skin.

    • seems your the only one who feels that way.. he was comfortable in his own skin…

      • We also had a NextGen “Q” episode in which a future version of Picard has a terrible disease affecting his mind, with many variations in time-space being pulled together. I that one Worf was NOT in the Federation anymore, having left his commission to fight in the Kingon wars.

        I know that was Pre Abramsverse (god how I hate his stuff), but J.J. Abrams wanted to make his own Big “shoot em up” Trek variation without any percious cannon (or any science) to worry about. He sent “Roddenburyverse Spock” around in time, in ways that ciolate Trek cannon on how “time travel” works. It is now supposed to be an alternate universe (or some such nonsense) when we already HAD more than one episode in which changes to the timeline (an old Trek episode “The Library”, and a NexGen movie made it plain that changes you make in your own timeline, create changes to YOUR universe…not a separate universe)

  11. I would love to see a new series featuring Worf as the lead. Of all the characters in all the ensemble of Star Trek series, his is the most well developed for a promotion to lead character. A few years ago, I would have said Sulu on the Excelsior, but at this point, Worf was really the most realized character that I think almost anyone can get behind as a lead character. Riker on Titan would be interesting, but I think seeing a Klingon captain has something new to offer to Star Trek. All captains so far in ongoing roles have been human. Spock was only captain of the Enterprise in a training environment, so it doesn’t really count. A series could have some new opportunities with Worf in command. — Ken

    • This show would be great there is a good chance that it will get made Roberto Orci has been going to CBS to talk about a new Star trek tv series so that’s good news I hope they get together with Dorn and do this new Star trek series with Worf as the lead.

  12. Even when DS9 was on I thought the best logical spin-off would have been based off of the special missions Sisko had to do during the Dominion War. My tentative name was ‘Star Trek: Special Operations’. I figure there are a ton of Federation back stories related to certain things (why no cloaking for the Federation but everyone else could?), and I figured since Paramount also owns the ‘Mission:IMPOSSIBLE!’ marque that there could have been a good mash-up between sci-fi and covert operations in one show.

    Anyway, that’s my two-cents worth of opinion…

  13. As long as there is no relationship to those godawful Abrams movies, I’m in. But if it’s in the movie verse, I want nothing to do with it.

  14. The wormhole aliens send Sisko out on missions across the entire galaxy and throughout many different time periods to help put timeline problems right again. Sort of like Quantum Leap but with much better stories and a tad darker personality in Sisko.

    Star Trek: Timeline


    • Perhaps the wormhole aliens could send him back to before JJ screwed the timeline pooch…

      • Better yet, in a total violation of the “Fourth Wall”…the worm hole aliens send Cisco back in time to 21st century earth, to make certain that J.J. Abrams never gets to make any Trek movies…they then take him to Vulcan (in the repaired time line) where he is tried for :

        * the near genocide of the Vulcan race in his alternate timeline
        * violation of physical laws (to accommodate his boredom) in multiple series
        * and “crimes against preexisting cannon”

        He is then sentenced to :

        Study Logic
        Take a 6th grade science class and pass it (he will never get out)
        Learn to work and play well with others (again – he will never get out)

  15. I heard in Star trek 3 or 13 the next movie coming in 2016 in witch happens to be Star trek’s 50th anniversary I heard Q will merge the prime universe with JJ Abrams universe so everyone will get what they want the prime universe with the action o the new universe sounds great.

    • keep dreaming, that will never happen…more likely revive Kirk in the Nexus and have him step out to save our Spock from JJ’s timeline, and fix everything as well. He screwed it with time travel, he could damn well fix it…

      • And this is Star Trek’s real 50th “The Cage” was made in 1964…

  16. they just need to make it happen… I miss my star treks….. especially deep space nine and voyager….

  17. I’d watch it.

  18. I would like to see Sisko come out of the wormhole unaffected by the Star Trek universe changes. He remembers the universe from his timeline.

  19. Personally this sounds like cool idea and it could have a large audience. A klingonesque story line would be a logical departure or federation universe perspective. Really enjoyed DS9, by the way saying DS9 is sooo 80’is like saying The original is so 70’s. I really felt tat Sisko was a very powerful character,but I digress. CBS could have a hit. Of course there is always SyFy channel to grab it, specially during Defiance’s run. Anything to stop the growing realty shows popping up on SyFy. Sorry had to throw that in.

  20. You folks are VERY naive. This is NOT being made, and there was never any chance of it. It’s been a persistent rumor for years, but there is nothing to it. Nothing.

    • Never say never, and don’t pee on hope, in showbiz, anything can happen

  21. I’d love to see it!!! I’d watch it for sure. I miss TNG

  22. I follow the character worf from the beginning and I think t Star Trek captain worf is awesome idea and through this new series it can be live and through this new series it can be lived to .

  23. Read the headline, it’s a TV series, so can everybody please stop going on about this being a movie.

    • cool your jets “Darklord” throughout the 70s Trek was returning as a series,a movie, a series and then it was a movie. Who made you the Judge Dredd of minutia?

      • Haha, “DarkLord”, having a go at my name like that, not cool. Look I’m so sorry I upset you “Michael Seven or Eight”, but I was just stating the obvious. As for cooling jets, it’s you who needs to cool their jets, or should I say “Warp Core”, ;-), you’re one of, if not the only person on here making comments on everybody else’s comments, I stated an obvious fact and I didn’t reply to anybody in particular, have a nice day.
        P.S. It’s “DarkLordSolus” and I like my name. 😛

  24. Love this guy, he was my favorite cop on “CHiPs”

  25. I have always felt that a spin off in the trek world would be fantastic. Younger, I had imagined a series that delved into either Klingon’s or Romulan’s as the main focus, rather then the Federation. I think a Worf series would be an amazing look into both societies and probably the biggest part of this would be a story of a individual that is between two very different cultures and his attitudes towards it. I would even love to get my hands dirty in this too. Another character that I think would be an interesting dynamic would be Alexander. Much like Worf, he is torn between two cultures, yet unlike Worf, he was bounced back and forth between these cultures a lot more through his younger life. I think. We can then see a further development between father and son. i know this is a stretch, but I would love to communicate with a representative of this project and be a part of one way or another. email above!

  26. I would love see the New Star Trek series, change to a contiuing story format like DS9
    This fromat would realism to the series. Just as in real life, people do not solve most of their problems in I hour.

  27. Nah. Star Trek TV franchise really need to go into the new direction. It would be best if they can focus more on Star Trek Romulans live TV show in post Picard-era. After the Hobus supernova, the Romulan empire just simply collapse and its citizens scattered across the galaxy. The show should focus on group of Romulans looking for redemption and their struggles to build the new Empire, more comparable to Federation.

    • I would turn it around and have humans become refugees and they would depend on the other races for survival . at first its assumed they would be accepted but as we see in real life not many people will be so accommodating – it might be a bit too battlestar galactica but it could recapture the DS9 theme of tolerance and plenty of story arcs too – not sure where Worf would fit into this as a central character

  28. This story keeps getting republished, but it’s not true. I asked Mr. Dorn at a con in 2012 and he flatly denied it.

    • You asked Mr. Dorn at the con in 2012…

      Ugh, what year is it today, exactly? Nuff said!

  29. Give me Star Trek.

    Bring on Worf, Bring on Spock, or even give me Wesley if you must. Just please make the show.

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