“Galaxy Quest” Series Writer Explains Aim

In August came word that Paul Scheer had been hired by Amazon to pen a TV adaptation of the 1999 sci-fi comedy “Galaxy Quest” in which a group of washed-up actors who used to star on a “Star Trek”-style sci-fi show become swept up into a real space adventure.

Slashfilm spoke with Scheer yesterday about his role in James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” and he offered a brief update on the show. The most important is that he confirmed that the show will continue the story of the characters from the movie, and will include a whole new group of characters as well with two grouo’s separate adventures merging as the season progresses:

“Right now, I just handed in my first script to Amazon, so I’m in that zone. 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. 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.”

No word on how many of the original cast members like Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell will be back. The absence of the late Alan Rickman will sadly be felt deeply.