A sequel to Galaxy Quest has long been gestating in one form or another. The latest development is Paul Scheer being hired to write a television series for Amazon Studios.
According to Deadline, Scheer takes over from the film’s co-writer, Robert Gordon.
“Without giving much away, I don’t think there has ever been a better time to continue the Galaxy Quest story with the explosion and popularity of sci-fi films in recent years,” Scheer said. “To be able to create and be a part of this world is just mind-blowing, and I’m approaching this truly as what I’d like to see as a fan.”
Released in December 1999 and grossing $90 million worldwide on a $45 million budget, the sci-fi comedy, a satire of the Star Trek franchise and their fans, would slowly become a cult comedy classic. Directed by Dean Parisot from a screenplay written by David Howard and Robert Gordon, Tim Allen led a cast that included Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell. A series has been in the works with Amazon since 2015 but there had been some casting issues as Allen was busy with Last Man Standing. With the ABC series now canceled, he is freed up to work on the show. What may throw everything off with the original cast returning is the passing of Rickman. Before his death, everyone had an interest and seemed to be ready to go.
In the movie, the Galaxy Quest television series cast were recruited by aliens who believed their show to have been a documentary.
Paramount Television will produce the series and Mark Johnson is expected to produce via Gran Via Productions.