A TV series version of Galaxy Quest would be developed by nü-Star Trek’s Simon Pegg and Succession writer Georgia Pritchett. The news, as reported by the Guide to British Comedy, let himself slip into a Time interview that Pritchett gave to promote his new series. Pritchett, who wrote for Veep and The thickness of it, is the creator of Apple TV The narrowing next door with Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd.
Galaxy Quest was a moderately successful 1999 film that went on to become a cult comedy (popular enough for its own retrospective documentary) long after it hits theaters. The film puts a sci-fi twist on the three friends plot, with a group of aliens believing the TV series they accidentally started watching was real. They take over the cast at a sci-fi convention and drag them into an actual battle beyond the stars.
The film liked to push both the tropes of the series as well as by Star Trek backstage legends, with an unkind, egotistical actor in the lead role. Most memorable was the late Alan Rickman’s turn as the Nimoy-esque actor who fight with the profile his larger role allowed him. Sigorney Weaver, meanwhile, has toppled her reputation as sci-fi’s biggest badass to play the ditzy Gwen DeMarco.
This is not the first time that a Galaxy Quest adaptation is underway, with Amazon initially having plans in place to 2015. Sadly, Alan Rickman’s death caused the original idea to fail, and then in 2017, Paul Sheer was exploited to write a version of the series, but we haven’t heard from it since.
Pritchett’s reveal was light on every detail and it’s certainly not clear just how much there is a desire for a Galaxy Quest TV shows. Granted, Pritchett and Pegg have written a number of movies and TV series, with Pegg co-writing the most recent Trek movie, Beyond. The only thing we would like to know is if the series would exist as a salvaged version of the classic series, or if the team (of actors) would complete another space mission that they absolutely were not. not prepared.
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