Michael Dorn

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There have been plenty of Starfleet captains on television and the big screen: Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks), and Captain Archer (Scott Bakula). Of course the best has to have been Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart). (*Insert Nerd Fight Here.) It’s been 21 years since Stewart, one of the most iconic of those starship captains, last appeared on television, and 13 years since we saw him on the big screen. Now Stewart opens the door on a chance that we may see him again…that is if the stars align just the way we want them to. (more…)

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You certainly can’t blame CBS for being a little skittish in going back to the Star Trek TV-series well.  The company owns the rights to any potential Trek television franchise, and the rating numbers speak for themselves: a steady decline in viewership – and by extension, perceived interest – since the hey-days of Star Trek: The Next Generation coupled with the popularity of the “rebooted” film series probably leaves the powers-that-be wondering if fans would show enough interest in an ongoing televised series to make it worth the company’s financial investment.

That certainly doesn’t stop the ideas from flowing and the pitches from being made, of course.  One of the most vocal and tenacious propositions, in fact, has been coming from one of Trek’s very own stars: Worf himself, actor Michael Dorn.  For at least three years now, Dorn has been championing the idea of his character, a full-fledged starship Captain that somehow just keeps finding himself at the Tactical station on the bridge of the Enterprise, back to commanding his own vessel in a series he has dubbed Captain Worf (more…)

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It’s time for our quarterly update on the Captain Worf Star Trek series that Michael Dorn sometimes comes out of hibernation to talk about. Indeed when we last heard any information on the subject it seemed that the news was bad, and we weren’t going to get that series after all, and despite all the hype it seemed like a mere flight of fancy on the part of Dorn. If you need a refresher, here’s what he had to say this past March:

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.

But wait! In another surprise twist it seems that the dead Captain Worf project isn’t so theoretical after all. In a new interview with The Huffington Post, Dorn discussed the project saying that it got as far as the pitch stage, and he had even been talking to some producers. So there is hope. Here’s what Dorn told HuffPo:

Last year there was interest and I talked to a couple producers and we actually had pitch meeting with Paramount and CBS. Business things got in the way in terms of the J.J. Abrams movie coming out and CBS/Paramount and their relationship with J.J. Abrams. I don’t think they wanted to step on his toes by putting a new series on, but it’s not dead yet. I’ve finished the script and hopefully someone will take a look at this and say ‘we can do this.’

That would be nice. Over four movies and two series, Worf is easily one of the most complex and well-developed characters in the history of Trek, and I think he was under-serviced by his last appearance in Star Trek:Nemesis. Of course, one day seeing a Worf series is largely dependent on the willingness of CBS and Paramount to put some money in a new Star Trek TV endeavor, which has yet to be vocalized by anyone with any power to do anything about it. And considering the *ahem* lukewarm reaction to Star Trek Into Darkness, it may be a while before we see anymore Trek TV.

How about you Bastards? Wanna see Captain Worf the Series?

Source: Blastr

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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.”

That was last May–and Dorn was still talking about the idea as though it were a thing in September:

“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.

The FUCK???

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?

Source: Blastr

Castlevania, one of the latest in the video game movie trend, has had a hard time getting started.  They’ve been grabbing up and losing production staff over the years, only recently settling down into what looks to be a promising run toward the finish line.  They’re so confident about the movie actually making it past pre-production, in fact, that they’ve cast Michael Dorn in the film.  What will old Worfy be playing?  Why, a werewolf, of course.

Once again poor Dorn will be layering his face in make-up to take on the role of a character that only vaguely resembles the actual actor.  Seems like this guy is locked into some sort of typecasting trend?

Asked about the project, Dorn had these insightful comments:

People have been trying to get this thing done for a long time and they finally got the producers together that want to do it. They finally got the OK from the owners, and so they’re doing it.

It’s a fun little part. It’s four days, and I’m playing a werewolf that’s been around for a gajillion years who works for this vampire.  It’s not too far from Worf because there’s a lot of killing and jumping and sword fights and everything.

And while the end result of the movie may or may not measure up to a steaming pile of crap, Dorn’s name will no doubt draw in a few more people and help to get the box office up.

 

Thanks to The Mary Sue for the heads-up on this one.

Three years ago brought us the new J.J. Abrams reboot of the Star Trek universe.  This reimagining was met with mixed reactions from fans but the popularity of it was unquestionable, as evidenced by the release of the second installment in the new franchise coming to the screen next year.  Since then, the desire to add to the Star Trek mythos has grown, attracting some big names that also happen to be big fans.

The Bryan Fuller/Bryan singer super-combo have expressed interest in making new Star Trek episodes for television, though not much has been heard on that front.  Some months ago, everyone’s favorite Klingon, Michael Dorn, proposed a tentatively titled project by the name of Star Trek: Captain Worf.  Though this seemed at first like a pipe-dream, it looks like Dorn might be making serious headway on his brain-child.

When talking about the project with Trek News, Dorn had this to say about its conception and his motivation:

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.

And these comments on the likelihood of the project coming to fruition:

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.

Well, sounds good so far, right?  Like maybe it has a chance somewhere down the road?  The main problems is, with the reboot changing the face of the Star Trek universe and a second movie coming up that will establish the new world’s boundaries even further, everything is in a state of flux.

Only time will tell if Dorn’s dream (and the dream of countless fanboys/girls) comes true.  If he does get a shot, it’s highly probable that he’ll have to unlearn all the back-story from his decades of Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and various movies.  Abrams’s vision is almost certain to lead all future Star Trek productions, which means Dorn will be following his lead.

So what do you folks think?  Good idea/bad idea?  Reboot world or original recipe?  Speak your mind, for we hath commanded you!

 

Thanks to screenrant for the heads-up on this one.

Kickstarter. It’s not just for frustrated indie artists anymore. Klingons are now using the site too.

Michael Dorn, best known for playing Starfleet officer Worf, Son of Mogh, across two Star Trek series and four Star Trek films, is looking to raise capital for a romantic comedy called Through the Fire. According to the Kickstarter page launched Monday, Dorn is looking to collect $750,000 for the film which he co-wrote and will direct, by October 5th. You can donate as little as a $1 or as much as $10,000. But for the low price of $10 you’re at least guaranteed a digital copy of the flick when it’s done. But the more you give, the more you get.

Here’s the plot synopsis:

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.”

Dorn has already cast fellow Star Trek co-stars Marina Sirtis,  Armin Shimerman and Nana Visitor, as well as Shimerman’s wife Kitty Swink, in the film. Interestingly, Dorn has reason for casting former Trek actors beyond getting the chance to work with former friends and colleagues. The actor/director says that he believes that the fans he meets at cons are interested in more than science fiction.

“We also want to show the the people who run Hollywood that ‘sci-fi’ fans are not only interested in science fiction, but are multidimensional and a force to be reckoned with,” he said.

So far, Dorn has about $13,000 in his coffers. Dorn’s been enjoying some press lately, he had a recurring role on the hit ABC series Castle and he’s been talking up the possibility of doing a low-budget Worf movie. I know if I had a spare 10 Gs, I’d give it to Dorn for a chance to be a producer on his film, go to Paramount studios, and have Worf and Troi spring for lunch. How about you, Bastards?

Check out Dorn’s intro video from Kickstarter below:

Source: Blastr

Michael Dorn Wants a Worf Movie. Qapla!

All attention is on J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek and it’s forthcoming sequel, but there are still many, interesting areas of Trek universe that can be explored in new TV and film projects, and it seems that one former Trek actor looks to be trying to take advantage of the possibilities.

Now you all remember Michael Dorn. He played Klingon officer Worf on seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and for four seasons on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as appearing in four Star Trek movies. Well it seems that Dorn is in the process of putting together a new solo adventure for Worf, according to an interview with Trek Movie.

According to Dorn, the film be low-budget and will feature a new adventure with Worf in the captain’s chair of his own Federation starship. Dorn is writing the script himself and says that his take on the story will be a little darker, and a little edgier.

“He is out there in the front lines basically chasing terrorists,” Dorn said. “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?”

As for whether or not a Worf movie might sideline some of the hype on Trek 2, Dorn says that all hype is good hype.

“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.”

This comes on the heels of news that Dorn was actually almost a part of Abrams’ sequel. Here’s a relevant clip from Comic Book Movie:

Yep. I don’t know what the role was. They called in November or December of last year and said “hey, we would like to know if Michael is interested in playing a part of an officer – a soldier.” And we said “yes.” Then time went by and we finally talked to them at maybe the end of January or February and they said they had changed their mind and that’s as far as it went?

Well, it’s too bad that didn’t work, but still, I won’t mind seeing a Worf movie on TV, at the theater or on home video. Worf was one of the great characters from TNG, and his time on DS9 only enhanced his character taking Worf in some compelling new directions by making him a command officer, then marrying him to fellow crew member Jadzia Dax, and then having him end the series on his way to the Klingon homeworld to be Federation ambassador. I’ve always thought that they did the character an injustice by just having back on the bridge of the Enterprise in Star Trek: Nemesis, without a word.

How about you Bastards? Dying for a Worf movie?

Source: Blastr

This past weekend at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation took to the stage in what was surely a momentous occasion for all Trekkies in attendance. The reunion marked the show’s 25th anniversary and included LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn and Sir Patrick Stewart. I know, you’re already shaking with jealousy over the fact you weren’t present to witness what must have been an evening of true Star Trek awesomeness. Never fear, this is the internet age where anything and everything is recorded for posterity. Below you’ll find a full 66 minutes of the reunion that’s been uploaded to Youtube thanks to cid388.

But first! I’d like to highlight this moment extra special and extremely heartfelt moment. Wil Wheaton gave his own touching tribute to the crew of the Enterprise and I dare you not to get even a little teary-eyed. Note, not recommend for the easily emotional. Especially if you’re at work. Do you want to try and explain why you’re crying like a little girl about Star Trek to your co-workers?

Hit the jump for the all the videos recapping the reunion.

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