Few sci-fi comedies boast the same cult following as Galaxy Quest. The 1999 film – which features an ensemble cast that includes Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Sam Rockwell – was a modest box office hit when it hit theaters and earned stellar reviews, but its popularity has continued to endure even after all these years.
We’d previously heard word that the crew of the Protector might live on in a television series based on the film. Now it seems that project is moving forward and could very well have found a home.
According to EW, Amazon Studios is now developing the Galaxy Quest show with Paramount Television. Robert Gordon – who co-wrote the film – is returning to write and executive produce the pilot, with director Dean Parisot back onboard as well. At this early stage, it’s not clear if the show will start fresh or attempt to continue on the storyline as depicted in the film. However, it’s unlikely that many of the actors will return for the show, though nothing official has been announced either way.
Since the premise of Galaxy Quest centered on TV actors from a Star Trek-esque series (who find themselves caught up in a real intergalactic battle), it isn’t much of a stretch to see these characters essentially living a real-life version of their hit show, episode to episode. Rather, an entire series of satire and parody with regards to old-school sci-fi shows could open up tons of new story possibilities.
Of course, Galaxy Quest isn’t the first hit film that Amazon has tried to adapt into a series. In 2013, the company ordered a pilot of a Zombieland show, which was subsequently dropped. However, considering that a significant portion of the original creative team behind the camera on Galaxy Quest is involved in the show, that should make it easier for the series to honor the spirit of what made the film so popular with genre fans in the first place. We’ll find out soon enough.
Do you think Amazon is a fitting home for the Galaxy Quest show, and do you think a series based on the film could work? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest on the Galaxy Quest television series as this story develops.