While Galaxy Quest wasn’t a hit upon its initial release in 1999, the film has earned a cult following over the years, and there have been plenty of rumors that Galaxy Quest could be revived in some fashion. In a new interview with Collider, Galaxy Quest star Sigourney Weaver talked about the return of the franchise, and says that the series is finally being revived.
In the interview, Weaver states that the original film’s writer, Bob Gordon, wrote a sequel, but after the cuts made by DreamWorks to the original film, he decided to not let the studio have his second film. But Weaver says that about four years ago, Gordon and producer Mark Johnson and their team started to work on making a series. After the unexpected death of Alan Rickman, the series was put on hold, but Weaver says “I think they are finally now reviving it.”
Weaver continues this new series would center around what sounds to be a Galaxy Quest reboot, which would introduce a new cast, but also bring back the old characters from the original series. Weaver also states that she believes everyone involved with the original film would likely be up for the new series, but she’s not sure how this series would handle replacing Alan Rickman. Finally, Weaver said that the last news she had heard of the series was six months ago, so she’s not entirely sure when the project will happen.
When Galaxy Quest debuted in 1999, it opened at #7 and ended up making $90 worldwide, against a $45 million budget. Yet the film was immediately beloved by Star Trek fans, who in 2013 voted that Galaxy Quest was the seventh greatest Star Trek film, even though it’s just a parody. Currently, the film holds a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, and a 79% audience score.
But a Galaxy Quest series with the original cast would be a pretty big deal, considering how this cast has only become more popular over the last two decades. In addition to Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman, Galaxy Quest also starred Tim Allen, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, and Justin Long, amongst others. This was also the film debut for both Long and The Office’s Rainn Wilson.
There have been several attempts over the years to continue Galaxy Quest in some fashion. In 2008, a comic book sequel was released entitled Galaxy Quest: Global Warming, and in 2015, a series was launched that took place years after the series. In an interview in 2016, Sam Rockwell stated that the cast had plans to sign on for a follow-up series at Amazon, but the death of Rickman and Tim Allen’s television schedule stopped this from happening.
In 2019, a film called Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary was also released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film. If anything, this film showed that the love for this film still goes strong and that there is a desire from fans to see more adventures in this world. Whether or not we will see an official follow-up to Galaxy Quest is still uncertain, but as of right, it looks like everyone involved is on board to continue this story.