In a new interview, writer of the upcoming Galaxy Quest TV adaptation, Paul Scheer, provided new details surrounding the project's development, and clarified where the series fits in the film's timeline.
Scheer, famous for his sketch work with Human Giant and for creating NTSF: SD: SUV at Adult Swim, said he's handed in the first script to Amazon, which will house the new series. He also confirmed that the show will be set after the original film, and involve two separate casts that eventually meet up as the series progresses.
“Right now, I just handed in my first script to Amazon, so I’m in that zone," Scheer revealed (via /Film). "I’m excited about it. It’s a bigger idea that’s kind of morphed and changed a little bit. Not much. The thing I keep on saying about it, without giving too much away – because it’s going to be so long before people get to see it, I don’t want people to get too burnt out on me telling you what it’s about before it gets to that point – but for me, it was really important to do service to a Galaxy Quest story that gives you everything that you want and indoctrinates people who have never seen Galaxy Quest into what the fun of that world is. That Tropic Thunder, Galaxy Quest world. And also to continue the story of our original characters and have consequences from the first film."
He added, "So it is mixing two casts. It’s separate kind of adventures that kind of merge, and I’m looking at this first season not as episodic, but as a serialized story. So, the only way I’ve been looking at it is, using everything from the first movie and making the reasons for everything not just – I want to avoid anything that could be viewed as a reboot for reboot’s sake. There are real reasons behind these choices – maybe too much so.”
A parody of Star Trek and other sci-fi classics, Galaxy Quest starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell and Daryl Mitchell as the cast of the long-canceled TV show who become reluctant heroes when an alien race in need mistakes the series for a historical documentary.
Financially successful and critically acclaimed at the time of its release (it even won a Hugo Award), Galaxy Quest has developed a cult following over the past 16 years, particularly among Star Trek fans.