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Michael Dorn Is Developing A 'Worf' Movie, A Rom-Com + Was Almost Cast In 'Star Trek' Sequel

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by Tambay A. Obenson
June 8, 2012 11:30 AM
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Interesting...

Star Trek: The Next Generation & Deep Space Nine star, Michael Dorn, revealed in an interview with TrekMovie.com (via MovieLine) at the Phoenix Comicon, that he's pitching a movie centered around the character we all mostly know and love him for, Lt Commander Worf.

Secondly, he states that he's 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.

And third, he said that he almost got a part in JJ Abrams' Star Trek sequel, which is currently in production.

Here are the extended details on each revelation; first, on number 1, making a movie centered on Worf, he had this to say:

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 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.

Further saying that he'd make it edgy and dark, and that some cast members from his Star Trek days will 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."

Hah! I wish I was present for this; it's rare that we get to see Michael Dorn as Michael Dorn.

But moving on... regarding number 2 - setting up a production company to make other kinds of movies; specifically, on the rom-com he's developing with Anne Marie Johnson co-starring:

It’s called "Through the Fire," and its about two successful urban black characters in New York who find each other after many many years. And they find love after denying that they need love after many years. I will be play opposite Anne Marie Johnson – if you look her up on IMDB, she’s been around for years on shows like Melrose Place, JAG, In The Heat of the Night, House of Payne and other shows. She is seasoned, beautiful, wonderful actress... Marina Sirits plays my best friend in the movie, who is my best friend in real life. Armin Shimerman who plays an actor, his wife plays another actor in a scene on stage which everyone says is one of the funniest things they have ever read. Nana Visitor has a wonderful part. Bob Pine, father of Chris Pine, is in there too – that is all we have for now, because we wanted to populate it with enough characters but not overpopulate it, so its not like "oh its like all these people, but in street clothes."

Well then... interesting, right? He added that he's going the Kickstarter route to raise funds for the project. The question is whether fans will buy what he's selling, and contribute. I'll be watching for the Kickstarter campaign.

On number 3 - almost getting a part in the upcoming sequel to the Star Trek movie, he said this:

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?

And when asked why the conversation didn't continue, he said this:

If you know the business as well as I do, who knows? It could have been the casting people going "hey this would be a good idea and they shot it up the road to JJ and he said ‘no, we aren’t going to do that.’" But I don’t know. It is nothing nefarious. Nothing mean. They changed their mind, so I don’t worry about it.

So there ya have it.

I have wondered whether his was an opportunity missed, in that, he could have been a bigger star than he was, or currently is (assuming he was/is even interested in being a bigger star). He's got the physical assets - tall and somewhat imposing at 6 ft 3 inch, he's a good-looking fellow, he's obviously got the voice, and seems to have the charm to go along with all of that, based on interviews I've seen him in. And from all I've seen of his work, while he's not a theatre-trained thespian like his Star Trek co-star, Patrick Stewart, Dorn can act.

I guess his visibility wasn't helped much by the fact that he played the same character for a decade or more, which required that he be covered in heavy makeup, hiding his face; so I'm not sure if most even know what he looks like (outside of Trekkies).

But I did wonder if he could have had an alternate career altogether, if circumstances where different. He's 59 years old currently, so he might be considered a little rusty by Hollywood's standards. Then again, I suppose one could argue that none of the cast members of the Star Trek: TNG series have had much of what I'd call "high-profile" careers since the show ended.

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6 Comments

  • michaelwcrosby | July 7, 2012 10:36 PMReply

    P.S. - remember when he snapped Weyoun's neck when he insulted Dax. lol lol !!!

  • michaelwcrosby | July 7, 2012 10:33 PMReply

    I believe that the Worf character would make a magnificent spin-off series or movie. His entry into the DS-9 series was fabulous - and that is where he got to really get to demonstrate his talent. Not using him in anything since has been catastrophic waist. Actually, they could take several characters and rotate them each week and have fans lining up - but Worf has been waisting away all these years, and that is shameful. Please tell me where to direct my well wishes.

  • Robert | June 16, 2012 12:37 AMReply

    Mr Dorn has admitted that he can defend his character pretty stubbornly, which producers tend to dislike. Having cut his teeth behind the camera on ST, he also spent a period directing TV, often giving the impression in interviews that he was a bit burnt out with the grind of acting. Not surprising, i guess, given that he did 11 years & five movies in latex

    That said, if Through the Fire turns up on Kickstarter, i'll be in

  • Kelea | June 11, 2012 1:10 AMReply

    Yes, thank you! Everything sounds good so I hope it all works out. These are the kind of posts I enjoy reading the most. I certainly will be on the lookout. Michael Dorn is amazing and it is indeed great to hear from the actor and not just the character. Too bad he wasn't in the Star Trek sequel.

  • Johnnie MD | June 8, 2012 3:43 PMReply

    Thank you for this! I re-watch Star Trek: DS9 (which is where, I think, he had some of his best performances) often and I have been wondering what he was up to. I appreciate the update.

  • Kelea | June 11, 2012 1:11 AM

    He certainly did! That was a great series that doesn't get the attention it deserves. I've been re-watching it lately also, on Netflix.

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