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Paul Scheer compares delayed Galaxy Quest TV series to The Force Awakens

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Aug 20, 2018

Amazon's Galaxy Quest TV show first entered development about three years ago, but was later put on the back burner after the death of Alan Rickman, one of the original film's stars. About a year ago, the project began moving forward again with comedian Paul Scheer attached to write the show. Since then, we've gotten very few updates. But now, Scheer has revealed more details about the project and why it's currently being held up... again.

On an episode of The Wrap's podcast “Shoot This Now,” Scheer discussed how the TV adaptation of the 1999 science fiction comedy starring Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver has once again been delayed, this time due to the firing of Amy Powell, Paramount's former head of TV. This has put the show in "a little bit of a hold pattern," according to Scheer.

But he's still working on the show, and spoke about how the series will draw from current huge science fiction franchises.

“We want to create this kind of thing that feels like this epic sequel, but a continuation," said Scheer. "I compared it to what The Force Awakens is to Star Wars. It is continuing a story but bringing in new characters.”

He went on to detail the show he pitched to Amazon, which gives a good indication of how he's approaching moving Galaxy Quest from the big screen (and the 1990s) into an updated series.

“My pitch for Galaxy Quest was, ‘How can we kind of blow this out and pay off things for the fans that love Galaxy Quest, but more importantly — and the thing that I really wanted to do is — appeal to the ‘me’ of now," said Scheer. "Who’s the 18-year-old version of me that loved Galaxy Quest now? What would they want to see? Because I think that that is a movie that we haven’t really made yet: the Tropic Thunder in the world of modern-day science fiction,”

Especially since the current-day science fiction landscape is much different than almost 20 years ago, when the film was first released. 

“When Galaxy Quest came out, it was a niche thing, Star Trek fandom is a niche thing," noted Scheer. "Now it is selling out Hall H in Comic-Con, so that’s kind of the impetus for the continuation.”

Let's hope this holding pattern ends soon and Galaxy Quest can continue forth on its journey to our TV screens.

(via The Wrap)

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