Confession. I haven’t seen Galaxy Quest. I mean, I’m sure I’ve technically seen the whole thing in bits and pieces on cable (and my best friend’s dad in high school was a huge Star Trek nerd so he had the laserdisc of this on repeat at their house), but I’ve never actually sat down to watch the entire thing. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that it came out in 1999, a year in which I was an insufferable faux snob, only deigning to watch stuff like Magnolia, Fight Club and Being John Malkovich. I just didn’t have the time for a goofy movie with Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell. Turns out I was likely wrong, and I continue to pay the price.
Time has been kind to Galaxy Quest in terms of cultural response, and from what I gather this is exactly the kind of movie I’d be into these days. So I’ll watch it at some point soon I’m sure. Nudging that progress along are those comments from the producers, writer, director and stars. Hit the jump for their comments and their take on the prospect of a Galaxy Quest sequel.
In a fantastic oral history conducted by Jordan Hoffman over at MTV.com, producer Mark Johnson remembers that the original script wasn’t in such great shape:
The original David Howard draft of “Captain Starshine” – very few people have ever read that. The original concept was brilliant, but we needed someone like a Bob Gordon [the film's credited screenwriter] to take it from there.
Sam Rockwell initially passed on the project:
I originally turned it down. I loved the script, but I was committed to do a small movie as a lead opposite Marisa Tomei, but Kevin Spacey convinced me to do it. I went and saw him in “The Iceman Cometh” and he knew I was struggling with this decision and he said, “I think you know what to do.”
If we announced a sequel or a TV show, there’d be genuine excitement, not “It’s too late.” We’ve tried. I’d do it, Dean would do it. But we need Bob. It’s a Bob Gordon joint, but Bob is a very specific guy.
While almost the entire cast expresses a desire to make another film, Tim Allen offers up a more specific pitch:
How’s this for a sequel: it’s 15 years later. The Thermians come back, but they haven’t aged. Maybe they don’t have warp anymore so it took 15 years. They have to search for a new homeland. Sarris [the main villain] is gone but his family never forgets and you take it from there. . .
If you’re a fan of the film, you owe it to yourself to check out Hoffman’s entire article (linked above). It’s fantastic and really has me primed to finally see the movie.