It’s been a little over fifteen years since Galaxy Quest made its quiet debut in theaters. It wasn’t much of a success at the time, but in the years that followed it’s become something of a cult comedy classic. Not too long ago, there were some talks of a potential sequel and it looked like things might actually pan out. Sadly, progress never developed much beyond the initial discussions.
It might not be a sequel, per say, but it sounds like Paramount Television is currently shopping around a possible Galaxy Quest series.
Robert Gordon, who co-wrote the DreamWorks feature with David Howard, is in negotiations to work on the TV adaptation, as are original director Dean Parisot and executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. The movie’s conceit — revolving around the cast of a beloved 1970s sci-fi TV series who are inadvertently reunited for a real space trek to help an alien race — seems tailor-made for a series rendition.
My first reaction to this news is absurd excitement. I think Galaxy Quest is one of the most underrated comedies of the past twenty years. It’s actually a better Star Trek movie than most Star Trek movies. Seriously.
But here’s the catch: a lot of what made Galaxy Quest such a wonderful film was its cast. Check the roster: You’ve got Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell, Tony Shalhoub, a pre-Office Rainn Wilson, and, yes, even Tim Allen is great. The only way this proposed TV series will work is if they’re able to reassemble the same cast and judging from how popular most of these kids have become, that doesn’t seem too likely.
So, let me propose this idea: Maybe Paramount could shoot for a mini-series instead.
Hear me out, suits. They’re all the rage these days what with your True Detectives and Fargos making such big splashes in the TV pond. A mini-series could prospectively allow Paramount to reunite the cast without forcing them to commit to anything long-running. Plus, it probably wouldn’t be as much of a monetary risk as a big-budget sequel.
Take it or leave it. But, really, take it. The show needs these actors. Without them, it’s like reuniting The Beatles without John, Paul, George, or Ringo.