Development on Amazon’s Galaxy Quest had halted last year and with good reason. We lost the great Alan Rickman to cancer and it was hard to imagine how on Earth you could do Galaxy Quest properly without Alexander Dane. By Grabthar’s Hammer, indeed.
However, a year on, THR reports that Amazon has started the show up again and they’ve brought on a new writer: the excellent comedian Paul Scheer (The League, The Disaster Artist, the brilliant podcast How Did This Get Made?). He’s stepping in for the film’s writer Robert Gordon, who had originally been attached and remains on board as an executive producer.
What’s now unclear is the form that this TV show will take. Originally, the plan was to get the entire cast back together, including Rickman, Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell, Tony Shalhoub and Darryl Mitchell, but Rockwell told The Nerdist podcast last year that “We were ready to sign up, and [then] Alan Rickman passed away and Tim Allen wasn’t available — he ha[d] [Last Man Standing] — and everybody’s schedule was all weird. It was going to shoot, like, right now. And how do you fill that void of Alan Rickman? That’s a hard void to fill.”
It’s obviously very early days for the show, as THR states that it’s unclear in what capacity the original behind the scenes team like director Dean Parisot will return in, if at all. They do note that Allen’s TV show Last Man Standing has been cancelled, so that’s no longer an issue for his return, if they decide to bring the original crew back. It’s entirely possible that they’ll tell the story with a whole new cast.
Deadline has a statement from Scheer in which he says “Without giving much away, I don’t think there has ever been a better time to continue the Galaxy Quest story with the explosion and popularity of sci-fi films in recent years. To be able to create and be a part of this world is just mind-blowing, and I’m approaching this truly as what I’d like to see as a fan.”
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