After eight years trying to get the project off the ground, Paramount+ is now developing a Galaxy Quest television series based on the cult 1999 sci-fi comedy from DreamWorks. The project is still in its early stages, so has no concept or writer yet, but it is being executive produced by Mark Johnson, who also produced the original film.
Galaxy Quest starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, and Justin Long, and served as an affectionate parody of the Star Trek series and its fandom (Star Trek fans even voted it the seventh best Star Trek film of all time). It depicted the cast of a fictional cult television series, Galaxy Quest, who are recruited into a real interstellar conflict by actual aliens who mistake the series for an accurate documentary.
The original idea at Paramount TV Studios had been to do a continuation of the classic film with the same cast, with the feature’s writer and director, Robert Gordon and Dean Parisot, on board. That sequel series landed at Amazon in 2015, but suffered a major blow when Alan Rickman passed away a year later. Other attempts to bring the project to life included one written by Paul Scheer, and another from Simon Pegg.
Let’s hope this time, Galaxy Quest sticks the landing at Paramount.