A few years ago came word that a TV series based on the beloved sci-fi comedy film “Galaxy Quest” was in the works at Amazon, with “Human Giant” co-creator Paul Scheer attached last year as the show’s writer.
This week, speaking on The Wrap‘s Shoot This Now podcast, Scheer says the project has stalled in the wake of the firing of Paramount TV president Amy Powell last month due to insensitive comments. Powell’s exit happened the same week as Disney firing James Gunn from the third “Guardians of the Galaxy” film.
Development may have slowed, but that doesn’t mean the series is dead. Scheer goes on to talk about how the series will approach the material twenty years later – the show serving as a sequel and minor reboot at the same time:
“We want to create this kind of thing that feels like this epic sequel, but a continuation. I compared it to what ‘The Force Awakens’ is to ‘Star Wars’. It is continuing a story but bringing in new characters. We need to kind of change it up. My pitch for [the new] ‘Galaxy Quest’ was, ‘How can we kind of blow this out and pay off things for the fans that love ‘Galaxy Quest’.
More importantly, and the thing that I really wanted to do is, appeal to the ‘me’ of now. Who’s the 18-year-old version of me that loved ‘Galaxy Quest’ now? What would they want to see? Because I think that that is a movie that we haven’t really made yet: the ‘Tropic Thunder’ in the world of modern-day science fiction.
When ‘Galaxy Quest’ came out, it was a niche thing, ‘Star Trek’ fandom is a niche thing. Now it is selling out Hall H in Comic-Con, so that’s kind of the impetus for the continuation.”
He goes on to confirm the new series is being approached with a serialized story in mind, one that will mix two casts. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchel all starred in the original.