What the HELL?
Okay, let’s see if we can make any sense out of this: If you’ll recall, last year Michael Dorn was pitching a standalone, direct-to-DVD movie, or series of movies focused exclusively on Worf as Captain of his own ship, these were Dorn’s words to Trek Movie that started the whole mess:
“He is out there in the front lines basically chasing terrorists. I think we will have some of our Star Trek people in it, but mostly new characters. It will be interwoven into the fabric of Star Trek. And also what are we going through right now?”
Dorn claimed to be writing the screenplay himself, and stated that it would be a darker, edgier story than previous Trek properties. He continued, discussing his vanity project in relation to the JJ Abrams reboot series:
“Who wouldn’t want to have this kind of thing going on? It is going to help their 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 said. “I have [a] couple meetings I want to do before [meeting with CBS]. 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 @#$!-ing great.”
“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. 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.”
Now look at all of that: That ain’t a passing remark that could easily be taken out of context by overzealous fanboys. No, that’s a man enthusiastically attempting to spread the word about a project he’s truly excited about working on.
So that was last September, now let’s jump ahead to an interview with The Huffington Post published just yesterday. Here’s what Dorn had to say when the interviewer broached the subject of “Worf: The Movie”:
No, that’s not true. There was a blogger last year who asked me that question, and I said that there’s a place for “Star Trek” on TV again, and I had started to write a script. It would feature Worf in the Klingon universe. A lot of people read that and it’s taken on a life of its own. You never know in this business, though, I gotta say.
So…It’s NOT true…but then it IS, since Dorn admits right there that he was working on a script….and then what? We nerds just took that news and ran with it? Did we make up everything Dorn supposedly said about this project?
Are we simply going mad???
Or was Dorn sick of being rejected by studios to the point that he decided to pretend his pipe dream (which could have been an awesome film, if I may say) never existed?