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Obviously there were never any such movies made, and never will be. But I'm interested in how far any planning ever went.

What were the firmest any plans to produce a movie featuring DS9 or Voyager got?

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    I find your lack of faith disturbing. Also please provide your e-mail address so that I can send you my Morn-centric DS9 screenplay. – Paul D. Waite Aug 13 '15 at 15:19
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    @PaulD.Waite: I was hoping for a Broadway musical. – ThePopMachine Aug 13 '15 at 15:24
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    @PaulD.Waite I believe Morn deserves his own spin-off series: That's My Morn! or maybe Top of the Morn to You – iamnotmaynard Aug 13 '15 at 20:52
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    @iamnotmaynard: I’m envisaging Top of the Morn to You as a harrowing account of one man/creature’s descent into alcoholism against a backdrop of interstellar war. – Paul D. Waite Apr 25 '16 at 8:46
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    There is something of a movement for a Captain Worf series. – pleurocoelus Apr 25 '16 at 12:12
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No plans for DS9 or Voyager films were ever revealed publicly

There is no evidence that any of the major creative staff behind the TNG-DS9-Voyager era — Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, Michael Piller, Jeri Taylor, etc. — had ever planned films for either DS9 or Voyager. If there were plans, even very preliminary ones, they were never commented on publicly.

Of course, there must have been at least some discussion amongst the creative staff. Here are my speculations about how these discussions would have played out:

  • By the time DS9 and Voyager were wrapping up, the TNG film series was still in progress. The producers probably felt that more juice could be squeezed from those characters who, on the whole, had a larger, more loyal fan base than the DS9 or Voyager characters.
  • The TNG films, like the Original Series films before them, have only a mild back-story burden, given the highly episodic nature of the shows that spawned them. It was possible to make a film like Insurrection which one could watch knowing only little about Star Trek, which makes the concept easy to pitch to the studio (which is interested in maximizing returns). Even First Contact, the most successful TNG film, was able to re-introduce the Borg without alienating newer fans.
  • In contrast, DS9 and Voyager were not very user-friendly when it came to attracting a newer audience. The Dominion saga would have carried a massive back-story burden for the average cinema-goer. With some creativity, there is a possibility that Voyager could have been adapted into a general-audience film, but while Voyager played well on the television, I suspect it would have lacked the necessary "umph" for the silver screen.
  • The failure of Nemesis in 2003 and the lack of solid ratings numbers for Enterprise basically killed the Prime Timeline of Star Trek as we know it. Making DS9 or Voyager films was not going to fix this.

All in all, both DS9 and Voyager would have been better suited to a television movie or a further mini-series than to the full cinematic treatment.

But then hold on...

Voyager did have a “movie” (on television)

Voyager actually had a television movie, titled Voyager: Dark Frontier. It was a feature-length, made-for-tv movie. It aired during Season 5, but was advertised officially by the UPN Network as a movie:

VOICE-OVER: The Voyager movie you thought you'd never see...Voyager: Dark Frontier, a Star Trek movie event.

Because the film now airs in syndication as a two-part episode, many have forgotten that this was a genuine made-for-tv movie.

Plans for Seven of Nine in Nemesis

While there wasn't a plan for a full-blown Voyager film in cinemas, there was an intention to include certain Voyager characters in Nemesis. Apart from Admiral Janeway's cameo, there were plans to have Jeri Ryan star in Nemesis, with Seven of Nine as an Enterprise-E crew member.

However, the actress turned down the role:

UPDATE (Aug 2017): This week, at the Las Vegas Star Trek convention, Marina Sirtis revealed the following about the Jeri Ryan in Nemesis issue:

"When I was negotiating for Nemesis they literally threatened to fire me and recast Troi, well not actually recast, but they said "We are going to fire you and hire Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine from Star Trek Voyager)." And I said "Well Jeri Ryan won’t do it for that money, that is for sure."

(Source)

Further Reading

There is some interesting discussion on the issue of making a DS9 film here:

Also, actor Garrett Wang (Harry Kim) discussed his pitch for a Voyager film, and how it was ignored, in this interview:

UPDATE (Aug 2016): DS9 showrunner Behr explains lack of DS9 movie in terms of show's goals

At the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration in Las Vegas, Ira Steven Behr commented on the DS9 movie issue, effectively saying that such a thing was never in their sights:

BEHR: Even today, I still get the question: will there be a DS9 movie? I love the thought but even at the time, we knew that would never happen....At the same time, that gave us the opportunity to not worry about where the show was going to go in another iteration….We were just going to go the distance and end it as best we could. I think that last image of Jake and Kira looking out the window, there's so much going on in that tableau: hope, sadness, questioning the future. It seemed like the perfect way to end the series. The station’s still there. It’s not going away. It’s not pulling away, we are. It's getting smaller, but it’s still there. It felt like a good way to go out.

(Source)

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    And with a whimper this whole "event" nonsense began – Lightness Races in Orbit Aug 14 '15 at 9:41
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    IMHO DS9 did not need a film. They had a story they wanted to tell, they told it, the end. The story reached an entirely satisfactory stopping point. Trying to tack on a sequel would have ruined it. – Kevin Sep 27 '16 at 23:49
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    @Kevin : The DS9 showrunner, Ira Steven Behr, agrees with you (see here). Actually, I'll add this into the answer, as it is relevant. – Praxis Sep 28 '16 at 0:13
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    "Voyager played well on the television, I suspect it would have lacked the necessary "umph" for the silver screen." At the end of the day, any ongoing TV storyline makes a movie untenable. Sure, you can makes long filler episodes, and call them movies, if you want, but they will never really be movies. – Jonathon Sep 28 '16 at 1:19
  • @Praxis, there are recent stories on Marina Sirtis commenting on Jeri Ryan in Nemesis, if you'd like to add more.... – ThePopMachine Aug 7 '17 at 4:29

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