Back in April, a report surfaced that original Galaxy Quest co-writer Robert Gordon is developing a new TV series based on the cult classic sci-fi comedy, which debuted in 1999. That report revealed that Paramount was shopping the project around to networks and streaming services, and now it seems the Galaxy Quest adaptation has found a home. Entertainment Weekly reports that Amazon Studios has signed on to develop the series.
The original Galaxy Quest movie centered on the cast of a cancelled sci-fi TV series, who get recruited to go on a real-life outer space mission to save a nation of aliens, who believed their characters were actually real. The ensemble cast for the sci-fi movie includes Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Missi Pyle and Justin Long, who made his feature debut on the movie. The movie earned just $90 million at the box office from a $45 million production budget, but it went on to gain a massive cult following after its home video release.
Robert Gordon is writing the pilot script and executive producing, with original Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot set to direct the first episode and serve as an executive producer. Original producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are also on board to executive produce the series. It isn't known at this stage if the TV show will be a complete reboot, or if it will continue the story from the original movie.
If the project is a continuation of the original movie, it seems unlikely that the TV show could bring back this entire cast. It could be possible that some of the original stars will return for guest starring spots, if Amazon issues a series order, but there is so little we know about the project at this moment, so we're not sure if that's possible or not. Regardless of the story, if Galaxy Quest does make it to series, it will be just the latest in a slew of movie adaptations on the small screen.
MTV's Scream is currently airing its first season, with the fall TV season bringing adaptations of Minority Report on Fox and Limitless on CBS. ABC will debut Uncle Buck in midseason, while NBC is developing Problem Child. Do you think Galaxy Quest will be a good fit for Amazon Studios? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more details on the show.