Somehow Star Trek missed out on the direct to DVD craze. While other science fiction franchises like Babylon 5 and Farscape have used the medium as a way to extend their universe with fairly high-quality, direct to DVD movies, somehow Star Trek missed that boat. Michael Dorn thinks its time that changed, by using DVDs or a TV movies to tell stories about his Klingon character Worf.
Dorn, who played Worf in not one but two Star Trek TV series’, says he’s pitching a lower budget Star Trek movie project. He thinks there’s a place for it direct to DVD or as a one shot on cable. He wants to write it himself (he has some writing experience already) and here’s how he describes what Worf would be doing in it…
He is captain of a ship – a Federation ship. He is out there in the front lines basically chasing terrorists.
The idea is for something smaller, edgier, and darker than the normal Trek fare. And as like any good science fiction should be, he thinks he can make it relevant to modern times. Michael explains to TrekMovie…
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 we going through right now?
This isn’t just a pipe dream. He’s meeting with former Trek producer Rick Berman soon to run the idea by him. Then he’s meeting with the SyFy network to pitch it to them as a TV movie. His goal is to have this on the air next year, if he can get anyone interested.
Well I’m interested, though actually if I were him I’d ditch the Federation idea and make it a more Klingon-centric series. Get Worf captaining a Bird of Prey instead. And while you’re at it, make it an entire TV series and not just a one-shot movie. Star Trek: Klingon is a television series which needs to happen, and since Worf is the pre-eminent Klingon, having him in it seems like the best possible scenario.
That said, he might actually have a better chance of getting CBS and JJ Abrams’ to rubber-stamp this by pitching it as a TV movie rather than a television series. We already know that JJ Abrams is blocking the production of another Trek TV series. He won’t let one be made until after his next movie comes out. But Dorn isn’t pitching a full on series, just an independent movie which could, done properly, be really cool.
Maybe, just maybe, if it’s good enough he can talk Abrams and CBS into turning it into a full television series down the road. At least that’s my dream. Q’Apla!