Back in April we reported that a Galaxy Quest TV series was in the works. Today it’s my distinct pleasure to tell you that the spacefaring crew will be making its episodic home on Amazon. Sure, it’s not Netflix (or Hulu … or a premium television channel…) but the streaming content provider seems insistent upon bringing their own content to millions of paying customers. So while I’m not sure that Amazon is the best fit for a Galaxy Quest TV series, I’m confident that this property can find an audience if done right.
For those of you who haven’t seen Dean Parisot’s 1999 satirical space adventure comedy, Galaxy Quest follows the crew of the intergalactic starship, the NESA Protector, on their space-based journeys. Except, the crew is, in fact, a group of actors playing roles in a fictional sci-fi series; the feature version finds them 18 years after the show was cancelled, existing on revenue from fan conventions and mall openings. The twist on the Star Trek phenomenon gets twisted yet again when actual aliens descend upon the Earth, forcing the fictional Galaxy Quest crew to engage in a real intergalactic rescue mission. Rather than rehash this plot for a sequel or a reboot, I’m happy to see that Galaxy Quest is getting a series treatment where plot possibilities can be much more flexible.
EW reports that Amazon Studios will team with Paramount Television for the project, but not much else is known at the moment since the show is still in the early stages of development. The creative team more or less carries over from the feature film, with Parisot directing and executive producing, co-writer Robert Gordon penning the script and executive producing the pilot. Executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are on board as well.
The crew – ie, the cast – of the movie, however, may be quite a bit harder to pin down for a series treatment. Names such as Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell, and Tony Shalhoub to name a few all starred in the film, but are not currently attached to the series project. The movie opened roughly 16 years ago today; wouldn’t it be ironic if Galaxy Quest debuted on TV 18 years after the movie, paralleling the movie’s plot timing itself? Let’s just hope it gets off the ground.
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