The Galaxy Quest TV Show Is Happening Again With One Big Change

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TV nowadays is in an era of remakes, reboots, and revivals that has brought many old projects back for another go on the small screen. Some revivals have been more successful than others, and the trend isn't going anywhere any time soon. Beloved 1999 comedy film Galaxy Quest was slated to get the revival treatment a couple of years ago, but it never happened. Now, Amazon has some good news for folks who were looking forward to a new take on Galaxy Quest. The show is back in the works, and a new writer is on board to make it happen.

Paul Scheer of The League and The Disaster Artist has signed on to pen the script for the Galaxy Quest revival at Amazon. He takes over for Robert Gordon, who wrote the original film script and was intended to write for the Amazon project as well. Gordon is still attached to Galaxy Quest, however; he'll work as an executive producer. There are no details about who will direct the series. Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot was once attached to the project, but THR reports that there has been no confirmation if Parisot will have a role now that the project is moving forward again.

The Amazon project will be a fresh take on the original Galaxy Quest, which followed a group of actors known for their work on a beloved sci-fi show that had gotten the axe years ago. With their glory days in showbiz mostly behind them, some were living off of their former fame... until aliens landed on Earth to recruit them, believing that their television adventures were real. The movie starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Daryl Mitchell, and Sam Rockwell. No details are yet available if any of the surviving stars will appear in the new series.

A sequel to Galaxy Quest almost happened on Amazon back in 2016. Sam Rockwell revealed that plans were moving forward until Alan Rickman passed away and Tim Allen became unavailable due to his role as leading man on Last Man Standing. Rickman's death sadly means that a full reunion of the Galaxy Quest cast is no longer possible. That said, we can't say at this point if the goal for this revival even involves the original cast. The new Galaxy Quest could be a remake of the movie into an ongoing series, with a whole new cast to play the characters. If that's the case, the new actors will face inevitable comparisons to showbiz legends like Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver. We'll have to wait and see.

It's too soon to say when we might get a TV version of Galaxy Quest. Our fall TV schedule can show you all your viewing options now and in the coming months. If streaming is more your style, take a look at our 2017 Netflix guide. Finally, swing by our breakdown of the biggest reboots and revivals that are in the works for the small screen.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).