In another WTF moment today, it appears that the Worf-centric, low-budget Star Trek pic that actor Michael Dorn had been pitching last year is ... not true?
Before we go on, let us go through a "refresher course" now, shall we?
Last year, Michael Dorn told Trek Movie that he was pitching a low-buget Worf-centric film that would pick up with Worf, now the captain of a Federation ship.
He said he was writing the script himself and that it would be darker and edgier than The Next Generation style. The actor said:
"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?"
The movie was conceived as a direct-to-DVD project, and Dorn addressed the success of J.J. Abrams’ Trek reboot in regard to his own "thing" saying:
"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."
“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."
Then Dorn added about the Worf-centric Trek Movie:
"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."
So, that was then, and this is now.
Speaking to the Huffington Post in a lengthy interview, Dorn responded to the interviewer’s question regarding the Worf-centric Star Trek: The Next Generation spinoff:
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.
Wait, what? Michael Dorn is now saying that no, it’s not true, but then he admits that he did start writing a script, and that the story has taken a life of its own and that you never know. Contradiction much? Or is he backtracking? And what about all that stuff Dorn reportedly said all those months ago? Was there any truth to this?
What do you guys think?
(via The Huffington Post)