It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since the cult hit Galaxy Quest opened, but now the franchise is finally getting another shot at life — and no, we don’t mean that comic.
Variety reports Paramount is developing a television series based on the 1999 modern meta classic, which followed the dysfunctional crew of a sci-fi television show who get sucked into a real-life space war. The movie is ridiculous, hilarious and awesome. Even better? Robert Gordon, who co-wrote the original film, is in talks to pen the pilot. Deadline notes that original director Dean Parisot and producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) could also return in advisory roles.
This project is obviously still in the early stages, but Paramount has had decent success the past year or so mining its film vault with shows like the upcoming Minority Report at Fox and School of Rock at Nickelodeon, so this one has decent odds of making it through development. Plus, in the years since Galaxy Quest's release, this film has garnered a fervent fan base — you’d have to think it’d be a lock if they can keep the budget reasonable and find the right network.
As for exactly what the series would be about, and if any original stars might return? No clue. You’d have to think some of the cast (Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Daryl Mitchell, etc.) might be game to return under the right circumstances. Pulling back a few of the bigger names, such as Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell and Justin Long, might prove a bit harder, though.
Regardless, if the series can come halfway close to recapturing the weird awesomeness of the original series, this could prove to be a very fun project. What do you think? Would you watch a Galaxy Quest series?