Galaxy Quest: The Series has been put on hold; in the works since 2015, its future has been in limbo since Alan Rickman’s passing in 2016. Rickman—along with original cast members Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver—were prepared to star in the series. Paul Scheer, series writer, feels confident the show will prevail. He told The Wrap that the show will “honor both Star Trek and Star Wars.” He wants the show to be an “epic sequel,” but still feel like a continuation of the original film.
Galaxy Quest: The Final Frontier
Released in 1999, Galaxy Quest is the story of the “cast of a defunct cult television series…who are suddenly visited by actual aliens who believe the series to be an accurate documentary, and become involved in a very real intergalactic conflict”. The film did well as a mainstream comedy. It became a cult classic among Star Trek fans for its “affectionate parody.”
In his interview with The Wrap, Scheer revealed the project was delayed further due to Paramount TV president Amy Powell’s firing. He compared the project to what The Force Awakens did to the Star Wars saga: “It is continuing a story but bringing in new characters”. (Here’s hoping the Galaxy Quest fandom is more accepting of new characters and stories than the Star Wars fandom.)
A Sequel and a Continuation
With this series, Scheer says he wants to appeal to the new and old generations of sci-fi fans. He stated, “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. Who’s the 18-year-old version of me that loved Galaxy Quest now?”
There’s always the fear that a TV series based on a cult classic film will flop. It could be the same old storyline regurgitated into a ten-part series. Or, something so new that it’s unrecognizable as a continuation. But Scheer seems to know what he’s doing when it comes to a Galaxy Quest tribute. And he seems to know the trials of turning that cult film into a series. He told The Wrap, “One of my big fears is, what is so great about Galaxy Quest is it’s a fish-out-of-water story, and I hate when you just go back to the same fish in the same pond. We need to kind of change it up.”