Paramount Developing TV Series Adaptation of Sci-Fi Comedy ‘Galaxy Quest’

By April 21, 2015

By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!” The crew of Galaxy Quest is coming back!

While fans of the 1999 sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest have always wanted a sequel to the film starring Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell and Daryl Mitchell, their demand has never been answered. But the crew of the NSEA Protector looks to be getting sent back into action in the form of a TV series which Deadline reports is being developed at Paramount Television.

For those who don’t know, the film has a Three Amigos and Tropic Thunder style plot that sees the faded stars of a canceled, campy sci-fi television show abducted by aliens who think that the episodes they encountered as they were broadcast into space were actually historical documents of a real crew fighting aliens throughout the galaxy. And so these aliens unknowingly recruit actors to help them with a real, dangerous villain threatening their species. Here’s the trailer for the original film if you haven’t seen it (which you absolutely should):

The television series adaptation is bringing back the film’s scribe Robert Gordon, producer Mark Johnson (“Breaking Bad”) as well as director Dead Parisot, all as executive producers on the series. There’s no word on how the series will differ from the movie, but my bet is the pilot will quickly tread familiar territory from the film, and the series will follow them on various space misadventures.

Galaxy Quest has gained a cult status among sci-fi fans, mostly due to it’s respectful but amusing parodying of the original “Star Trek” television series. While there are surely fans who have wanted to see a sequel on the big screen, this sounds like the next best thing.

However, I’m wondering if this could be a sweeter deal than we think since Tim Allen and Tony Shalhoub are probably bigger TV stars than they are big screen actors, and they could be coaxed into starring in the series. Of course, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell have pretty busy film schedules, so we can probably count them out. Still, I’m certainly intrigued to see what comes of this Galaxy Quest television series.

But if you still want to know what would happen in a Galaxy Quest sequel, there’s a comic book on the way that you might be interested in checking out.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.