Star Trek parody novel Redshirts may be beaming down to TV

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Feb 10, 2014, 3:48 PM EST

Did you like classic Star Trek? Do you think that Galaxy Quest was a perfect parody of what we love about that iconic 1960s show? Do you want to see more swaggering, overbearing, tin-plated captains and the people under their command? You're in luck. In fact, we're all in luck. It looks as if John Scalzi's novel Redshirts may be turned into a TV series.

According to Deadline,

[P]roducer-director Ken Kwapis (Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants) and his partner Alexandra Beattie [will] develop a limited series based on the book, which won the 2013 Hugo Award. Search is underway for writers to pen the adaption, with Kwapis set to direct the opening episode.

If you haven't read the fabulous 2012 novel (and if not, you should read the first few pages to whet your appetite), you'll know that Scalzi wrote the book from the point of view of the "redshirts" -- that is, security personnel who died almost as quickly as they appeared. In Star Trek, the redshirts ran afoul of lethal spores, a murderous, confused space probe, and Kelvans who turned them into chalky dodecahedrons; in Redshirts, they face off against Borgovian land worms -- and an oblivious captain.

But the characters in Redshirts have a one-up on the crew of the Enterprise: They eventually grow aware that they have a higher-than-average death rate.

If the TV show plays out like it does in the book, it would be like watching Galaxy Quest the TV show. We absolutely can't wait for this to hit the small screen.