Michael Dorn has a penchant for showing up where fans may not quite expect him, and it almost happened again with the now-wrapped “Star Trek 2” under director J.J. Abrams.
Dorn, who spent seven years on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and four years on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” as the Klingon officer Worf, said he was set to take part in “Star Trek 2,” but it just didn’t work out.
“I don’t know what the role was,” Dorn recently told TrekMovie. “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.”
However, when Dorn followed up with casting producers in January or February, he learned that they had changed their mind and he wasn’t going to be a part of the film. Dorn speculates that it could have just been casting producers trying to offer a fun cameo suggestion to Abrams, who likely rejected the idea of mixing the old cast with the new.
“It is nothing nefarious, nothing mean,” Dorn said. “They changed their mind, so I don’t worry about it.”
Dorn did have a role in 1991’s “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” playing what is believed to have been an ancestor of Worf, a defense counsel for the trial of Kirk and McCoy on the Klingon homeworld.
But that doesn’t mean Dorn is giving up on Star Trek. In fact, he’s ready to do a Star Trek project of his own — and bring it to Syfy.
It’s a story that Dorn himself has been working on, and he feels it would be a perfect companion vehicle to the current Star Trek films without cannibalizing the audience. And at the very least, it would bring Worf back to the screen.
“I think there is a place for it,” he said. “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. The fans aren’t going, ‘We are going to see this movie, but we aren’t going to see the big movie in the theater.”
Except Dorn may be overestimating a bit how much Paramount Pictures (and Abrams) would like to have any other Star Trek projects out there. Dorn was a part of two television series that ran pretty much simultaneously with at least one other Trek series, all while Paramount was pumping out movies every other year. The Star Trek high of the early 1990s quickly fell, a lot of it blamed on market over-saturation.
Despite the success of “Star Trek” in 2009, both Paramount and CBS Television (which share the rights to the franchise) have pretty much kept all other Trek projects off the table. That includes potential series that could complement the films, or cannibalize them.
Dorn also wants to talk to former Trek executive producer Rick Berman about the project, although that’s likely more for advice rather than asking for a favor. Berman has been out of the franchise unofficially since “Star Trek: Enterprise” ended in 2005, and officially after the Abrams Trek reboot was announced.
But Dorn is not willing to give up.
“I’ll just start gathering information,” Dorn said. “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 [is] fucking great.”
For the complete interview with Dorn, head over to TrekMovie.