Never give up, never surrender. As reported by Deadline, Paramount Television Studios is developing a Galaxy Quest TV series for Paramount+. Mark Johnson, who served as producer on the 1999 sci-fi comedy, will take on the role of executive producer for the show. Since the project is in the early development stages, there’s no writer attached or a series premise.
Deadline reveals Paramount Television Studios has been attempting to develop a Galaxy Quest TV series for eight years. Initially, the plan was to bring to the table a continuation of the film with the same cast. Johnson, Robert Gordon, who wrote the movie’s screenplay, and director Dean Parisot would spearhead the continuation, which Amazon greenlighted. Alan Rickman‘s unfortunate passing in 2016 majorly impacted the project.
Since then, it’s undergone a few transformations, including in 2017 when Paul Scheer came on board as a writer. At other points, Simon Pegg and Succession‘s Georgia Pritchett were also attached. In short, fans have been yanked around a bit over the years as the proposed show seemingly languished in development purgatory.
Galaxy Quest hit theaters on Christmas Day in 1999. It follows the cast of a space opera TV series who have to embrace their roles when an actual alien race needs their assistance. While helping the aliens, these actors, now thrust into a real-life situation, must defend Earth and the aliens from a reptilian warlord.
By Grabthar’s Hammer … what a savings. This is exciting news! The project seems to have momentum now (at least, I hope). Whether it’s a continuation, a prequel or a reboot of sorts remains to be seen. We’ll find out soon enough.
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