It was in June when we announced that Star Trek: The Next Generation & Deep Space Nine star, Michael Dorn, revealed that he was pitching a movie/TV series centered around the character we all mostly know and love him for, Lt Commander Worf.
I am serious. I think there is a place for it. Straight to DVD or straight to cable. Who wouldn’t want to have this kind of thing going on? It is going to help their movie [J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movie]. The fans aren’t going “we are going to see this movie, but we aren’t going to go see the big movie in the theater.”
He added that he’s writing the screenplay himself, and when asked what story the film/series would tell, he said:
He [Worf] is captain of a ship – a Federation ship. He is out there in the front lines basically chasing terrorists.
He further said that he’d make it edgy and dark, and that some cast members from his Star Trek days would be in it, although it’ll mostly be made up of new characters.
And as for actually pitching it, Dorn said the following:
I have couple meetings I want to do before that. First with Rick Berman, who produced all of our shows, just to see what he thinks. Then my manager. And I know people at SyFy. And I’ll just start gathering information. If anything happens it is going to be next year because I have a bunch of stuff to do this year. I have already started writing the script and excuse my language, but it’s f—ing great.”
Skip ahead 2 months to an interview Dorn did with Trek News on August 30th, in which he was asked about the progress of his Worf movie/TV series, and he had this to update us with:
I had come up with the idea because I love the character 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. Also, 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. 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 […] 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.
So it looks like his meeting with Berman went well, and got his blessing; and he’s getting some interest, which means it’s something that just might happen, if all goes well. But he seems to know what he has, and understands the business, and, while he’s excited about it, realizes he needs to stay grounded about the whole thing, because it may not happen.
I’m definitely curious to know what he has in store for Worf and whoever is going to be a part of the story; and I’m looking forward to knowing more about the plot.
Also worth noting, Dorn started a production company to make other movies targeted at Trek fans (although not necessarily Star Trek movies); and one of those projects is a rom-com titled Through The Fire, which Anne Marie Johnson has signed up to co-star in, playing opposite Dorn.
He has a Kickstarter campaign set up to raise $750,000 for the project, but, given how much has been raised thus far, after about a month ($50,000 with 31 days to day), I’m not sure it’ll reach its goal.
So there ya have it.