Six years ago TrekMovie first broke the news that Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine actor Michael Dorn hoped to pitch a new Star Trek series, centered around his character Worf. Since then he has periodically provided updates on the pitch which he wrote, and came to be named Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Worf Chronicles, but the project and #WeWantWorf fan campaign never seemed to get traction. CBS subsequently announced Star Trek: Discovery and that seemed to be that for a Worf TV show, but apparently recent developments have Dorn still optimistic.
Dorn wants to talk to CBS about Worf TV show which will explore the Klingons
As we recently reported, CBS has tasked Discovery co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman to start building out an extended Star Trek universe on TV. Kurtzman spoke briefly about it with TrekMovie last weekend at Comic-Con. This new push from CBS for more Star Trek has Michael Dorn thinking about Worf TV again. Speaking to Raleigh News Observer promoting his appearance this weekend at Raleigh Supercon, the actor spoke about renewed hope for his pitch, saying:
“I think this Worf thing would be perfect — I mean, really perfect,” he says. “It’s just a matter of getting the phone number of the right guy or getting the email of the right person that can actually get you in there. It’s a little early in the game right now, but I still think there’s hope for it.”
The actor also offered some more details on his vision for exploring the Klingons
“I’ve always liked the Klingons. I’ve always thought that they were the most interesting aliens outside of the Vulcans and all that,” Dorn says. “There’s a certain Shakespearian bent with the Klingons. They’re very nationalistic — there’s coups, there’s assassinations, there’s takeovers, there’s all these kind of things. Interestingly enough, they talk kind of Shakespearian.”
“The Next Generation” scratched the surface on Klingons and “Deep Space 9” delved deeper, he said, but one could go even farther in exploring this warrior race.”
Much of the development of the Klingons in Star Trek took place on both TNG and DS9, and it was primarily done through Worf’s perspective as he navigated the complex politics and culture of the iconic warrior race. The end of Deep Space Nine saw Worf become the Federation Ambassador to the Klingon Empire, although he found time to rejoin his crew mates on the Enterprise-E periodically on the big screen.
There have been persistent rumors that CBS is developing a series centered around Sir Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard, which would presumably take place in the same era as Dorn’s Worf Chronicles. So, it is not entirely out of the realm of possibility for a potential mini-series or even for Dorn to show up on a Picard mini-series. Michael Dorn has appeared in more Star Trek episodes than any other actor, and at age 65, he has plenty of time to add some more to his resume, if only he can get CBS on the phone.
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