In May TrekMovie broke the news that Michael Dorn, Star Trek’s Worf, was planning to launch a production company and Kickstarter campaign to help fund a romantic comedy starring other Trek actors including his TNG co-star Marina Sirtis. Now Dorn has launched the campaign and announced his cast. You can watch his intro video and get more details blow.
Michael Dorn Looking To Fans To Fund Romantic Comedy With Star Trek Actors
Michael Dorn has written a romantic comedy titled Through The Fire, which is described thusly:
Through The Fire" is a romantic comedy about a couple of dazzling New York urbanites who are set-up on the worst blind date ever, only to find out they have more in common than they realize. Despite their professional differences (she is an acclaimed Broadway actress and he is the theater critic who gave her a horrible review) they cannot get each other out of their minds. "Through The Fire" shows what happens in the ultimate battle between the head and the heart.
The former TNG and DS9 star hopes to produce, star and direct the film. His romantic lead will be played by Anne-Marie Johnson. Dorn has also brought on Star Trek series main cast actors Marina Sirtis, Nana Visitor, and Armin Sherman, along with Shimerman’s wife Kitty Swink (who has guest starred on Trek). He also hopes to include Chris Pine’s father Robert Pine (who has also previously guest starred in an episode of Voyager).
It’s Dorn’s belief that Star Trek fans will want to see the film due to the connection with the Trek actors. He has taken to Kickstarter to "show the the people who run Hollywood that "sci-fi" fans are not only interested in science fiction." Here is a video with Dorn describing the project.
Dorn’s objective is to bring in $750,000 in the next two months. Kickstarter seems to be catching on with people looking to go around the system to fund all sorts of projects, including independent films. Recently Marc Scott Zicree and Doug Drexler successfully funded their independent sci-fi film Space Command, which also includes Shimerman in the cast. In that case they sought $75,000 in seed financing and endeed up with over $220,000 in pledges.
If you want to support Dorn’s project, you can pledge as little as $1. Anyone who pledges $10 or more gets a digital copy of the film and for $35 you can also get an autographed photo Mr. Dorn. There are higher levels with more goodies including apparel, tickets to the premiere of the film, a phone call with Mr. Dorn, and more. If you get up to $10,000 you can even have a producer credit along with more stuff.
To pledge, visit kickstarter.com.
You can also learn more by reading TrekMovie’s Phoenix Comic Con Interview With Michael Dorn.