Why no movie for Deep Space Nine??

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' started by Mrs. Silvercrest, Sep 23, 2022.

  1. Mrs. Silvercrest

    Mrs. Silvercrest Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    May 25, 2019
    I am just wondering why Original Star Trek and Next Generation had movies but not Deep Space Nine?
    I can think of several ways a movie could have been made after the show was over.
    So does anyone know if that was ever considered? Or not?
    I have been rewatching the show and have been thinking.
    Yeah, so many ways they could have done a good movie.
    Anyway, this is my big question for the day.
  2. StarMan

    StarMan Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 5, 2005
    DS9's ratings weren't in the same ballpark as TNG. The trend was decidedly down in the ratings department post-TNG, with none of the other series able to generate the same broad-based appeal of TNG.

    There is also a matter of accessibility. DS9 weaved a multi-layered story across the years and concluded on a definitive note. Any story that tapped into the lore of the show would shut out the average moviegoer.
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  3. Oddish

    Oddish Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 7, 2020
    Considering what "Nemesis" did to TNG, maybe DS9 got off lucky.
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  4. Richard S. Ta

    Richard S. Ta Commodore Commodore

    Mar 10, 2021
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    It wasn't even nearly popular enough to warrant it is why.
  5. Captain pl1ngpl0ng

    Captain pl1ngpl0ng Commodore Commodore

    Oct 10, 2017
    My Favourite Life
    Star Trek as a whole has got new fresh fans after Disco i would think,
    so maybe a movie based on DS9 could happen in the future. I would love that.
    A new series with with a different story set maybe a hundred years after DS9 would be a dream.
  6. FederationHistorian

    FederationHistorian Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Feb 6, 2020
    Much like Voyager, its story was finished. TOS and TNG had much more open-ended finales that allowed them to continue on the big screen.

    Obviously, there’s the return of Sisko. But that’s better suited for tv, where a multi-episode arc can play out.
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  7. somebuddyX

    somebuddyX Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 14, 2014
    TNG was seen as the holders of the film franchise at that point and DS9 had wrapped up it's story pretty well. I think if DS9 had been the only Star Trek series there could have been direct to video films, like what B5 and Alien Nation did, but with Voyager being UPN's baby and DS9 seen as niche and it's ratings constantly dropping, it was never going to happen.
  8. WarpTenLizard

    WarpTenLizard Captain Captain

    Mar 7, 2015
    Planet Spaceball
    Both DS9 and "Voyager" would've been ripe for a movie storywise. Perhaps DS9 more so, with Sisko's cliffhanger.

    Sadly, neither was as famous as TOS or TNG, so while a movie would've made sense for their stories, it probably didn't make sense from a box office standpoint.

    Maybe the relaunch novels were a compromise on this.
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  9. at Quark's

    at Quark's Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 15, 2012
    I felt the story was finished and the book on DS9 was closed.

    Obviously if one really wants, there are always opportunities to continue it. What will happen to Odo and the great link? How will Garak fare?

    But in my view, not all loose ends need be addressed. I didn't even have that feeling with Sisko promising to return from the Prophets. The end was good as it was.
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  10. Nabbers

    Nabbers Cadet Newbie

    As I recall, Avery Brooks decided to stop acting after DS9, and became an acting teacher up until his retirement. Granted he does some documentaries here and there, but I don't think you'd ever get him to come back to play Sisko. For me, I just satisfy myself with the further DS9 stories from STO.
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  11. Oddish

    Oddish Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 7, 2020
    I think that if they'd done the movie soon after the series and had him return in it, he could have been persuaded. One of Avery's primary intentions was to demonstrate the right kind of fatherhood. Having Sisko leaving his family at the end never sat right with him.
  12. Ruthyone

    Ruthyone Ensign Newbie

    Sep 24, 2022
    I thought the prophets were wrong not to let Sisko go back to his pregnant wife and son, Jake.
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  13. Oddish

    Oddish Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 7, 2020
    Especially given that they are timeless. Ben could sit with them and watch the Big Bang, then all the way through to the Big Chill, and still make it home in time to hold Kassidy's hand as she gives birth.

    Matter of fact, I like to think that's what he did. Then, he and his family retired to Bajor and lived a quiet life after that.
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  14. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    May 12, 2004
    Lancaster, PA
    Exactly, for whatever reasons, and irregardless of quality, DS9 never caught on with the general public the way TOS and TNG did. So there was good reason to doubt whether general audiences would turn out for a DS9 movie in big enough numbers to make it commercially viable.
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