Paramount Television has been eying a TV series based on the 1999 comedy sci-fi film Galaxy Quest since April 2015, but development plans were put on hold after the death of Alan Rickman, who played Alexander Dane in the movie. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like the show’s development may be back on track, with comedian Paul Scheer (The League, The Disaster Artist) taking over writing duties from original co-writer Robert Gordon.
Gordon was initially set to pen the pilot but will now executive produce alongside Mark Johnson, who also produced the original film. It’s not clear at this time whether the director of the Galaxy Quest movie, Dean Parisot, is still attached to the project, and there is no indication of who else from the original cast and crew might come back for the TV series.
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.
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