Galaxy Quest television series in the works once more

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Another attempt to turn Galaxy Quest into a television series is in the works: more details here.

“By Grabthar’s Hammer… What A Savings”. There are many superlatives you can send the late, great Alan Rickman’s way, and disdainful thespian Alexander Dane is without question one of his greatest performances.

Galaxy Quest is one of the best comedies of the 1990s too, with a wonderful script that is elevated even higher by the superb casting – Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Daryl Mitchell and Sam Rockwell, as well as the hilarious alien characterisation of Enrico Colantoni and Missi Pyle.

The magical chemistry of the cast is one of the things that makes Galaxy Quest such a good film, it is also why making a television series will be difficult, as Rickman is sadly no longer with us.

An attempt to make the series for Amazon was made in 2015, and everything pointed to success. All the cast were signed on, as was original screenwriter Robert Gordon and director Dean Parisot. Unfortunately, it never got past the development stage.

A few years later, Paul Scheer took over scripting duties, but it was put on hold after Rickman’s passing.

Now, another attempt is being made, with Mark Johnson, who executive produced the film, spearheading the project for Paramount+. It has not yet been confirmed if any of the cast or creatives are returning.

A film sequel was also reportedly written before Rickman’s passing, which would have honed in on the fractious relationship between Allen’s Jason Nesbitt and Ricknan’s Dane.

It’s also worth mentioning the terrific 2019 documentary Never Surrender, a wonderful love letter to the film with contributions from most of the cast and creative team, which is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

Whether this iteration of the series moves beyond the development stage remains to be seen, but we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.


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