First details emerge about new Galaxy Quest TV show

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:22 AM EDT (Updated)

When reports surfaced that the planned Galaxy Quest TV show adaptation was officially back on, the fan response could have probably been best described as cautiously optimistic -- especially when it was rumored that the studio was attempting to lure back the film's original cast members to reprise their roles on the series. Now, three months after confirmation that the show is moving forward, we finally have our first hint of what to expect from a potential main story arc.

In an interview with /Film, comedian Paul Scheer, who's currently attached to write the script for the show, confirmed that the series will be somewhat of a continuation from the original film. But how much will the show depend on the source material versus new stories?

According to Scheer, his main intent behind drafting the first script for Amazon was to find a way to draw in a new audience while giving knowing nods to diehard Galaxy Quest fans:

"For me, it was really important to do service to a Galaxy Quest story that gives you everything that you want and indoctrinates people who have never seen Galaxy Quest into what the fun of that world is. That Tropic Thunder, Galaxy Quest world. And also to continue the story of our original characters and have consequences from the first film."

So, not a complete reboot as some fans have feared, but rather a combination of the old and the new. Scheer went on to confirm that the script "is mixing two casts. It’s separate kind of adventures that kind of merge, and I’m looking at this first season not as episodic, but as a serialized story."

How will that translate for a new generation, especially since it's been nearly two decades since the film's initial release? The sci-fi zeitgeist has definitely changed since Galaxy Quest first parodied fan conventions and cult TV shows. Scheer revealed that evolution will definitely factor into the plot of the new show.

"I love that in 1999, as a fan of Star Trek and going to these conventions since I was a kid: sci-fi, fantasy, those worlds have changed so drastically. I really wanted to capture the difference between the original cast of Star Trek and the J.J. Abrams cast of Star Trek. I think that, to me, is my entry point. Sci-fi heroes are rock stars now."

Over the course of the interview Scheer said that he's only just turned his first script in to Amazon, who is developing the project for its steaming service. No further casting news has been confirmed as of now, but based on what we're hearing so far, it's probably not out of the question that original cast members will be involved in some way -- as well as some of those potential big-name sci-fi rock stars that they'll be forced to work with.