This past Sunday April 9th, The Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Central Florida featured an amazing “Evening with Michael Dorn” in which the veteran actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal as Lt. Commander Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, shared personal stories, funny moments and personal victories with the Orlando Shakes Artistic Director Jim Helsinger.
The event was featured much like an “Inside the Actor’s Studio” type format, which was nothing but a pleasure for all in attendance and also seemingly very enjoyable for both the event host Mr. Helsinger as well as for the evenings star, Mr. Dorn. Interestingly, once the on-stage discussion was itself over, the lights within the Margeson theater were brought up and the audience members were given the opportunity to take part in a brief Q & A session with Mr. Dorn.
Inevitably a good number of the questions focused in one way or another on Dorn’s career and experiences within the Trek universe, with one of the last questions of the evening focusing on Mr. Dorn’s recent and ongoing attempts on bringing his own Star Trek project, that he wrote and scripted himself, which focuses on Trek’s fan favorite Klingon Mr. Worf, only this time as the captain of his own ship.
Dorn spoke to the openness and willingness of not just the fans to entertain the idea of bringing his Trek project to life, but also of the willingness of the powers that be at CBS to consider bringing Dorn’s Captain Worf series to life. Throughout the evening, the much loved Trek actor also touched upon the long lasting appeal of not just Star Trek but also on the continued love and fascination of the fan base with Klingons in general along with some of the Deep Space Nine episodes, written by Ron Moore, which seemed to capture the essence of the Klingons.
While it seems that Dorn may have actually come close to getting the show produced, ultimately; the powers that be did in fact choose to begin production on an entirely different property in the form of the upcoming and much anticipated Star Trek: Discovery, which is set to premiere some time in the summer or fall of this year on CBS initially, with all remaining episodes appearing on CBS All Access.
Dorn however remained quite upbeat and even optimistic as to the possibility of Cpt. Worf still being a viable project telling the audience to hold out hope and keep looking for the project to be made. The actor very positively indicated that he believes that the time is right and that there is a place today for the series and/or project to be produced. The actor even went on to say that he thought Paramount could actually be the right partner to go to in order to get the project produced.
Dorn went on to point out that given the recent success of Star Wars: Rogue One, he thought that perhaps even a movie might be possible, which he believed would be well received by audiences, with the personable and articulate actor going on to tell the packed theater that if they wanted to see Cpt. Worf become a reality, what the fans needed to do to was to get on social media and Twitter in order to let the decision makers know of their support and desire for Dorn’s Cpt. Worf project to be become a reality.
SciFiPulse wishes the best of luck to Michael Dorn and his endeavor to get Cpt. Worf produced and anticipates nothing but success with respect to the actor’s starring role in the Orlando Shakes production of “Antony and Cleopatra“.