Galaxy Quest is getting a TV series coming to Paramount+.
For those of you who have been desperately waiting for a reboot of 1999’s Galaxy Quest, you’re in luck. Despite numerous setbacks over the years, it seems as if the cast and crew have taken a page from the feature film, and decided to never give up, and never surrender, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series will be an adaptation of the cult favorite science fiction spoof, but its release date on Paramount+ has yet to be determined.
For those who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Galaxy Quest, the premise is quite simple. It’s a film about the cast of a science-fiction series who find themselves fighting aliens off set. The humor comes from the fact that they are all well-versed in the world of space operas, but when they have to transfer this skill set to a real-life alien crisis, they’re way in over their heads.
Though for a while, we didn’t think that a Galaxy Quest reboot would be possible. One of the unfortunate realities of show business is that scheduling is always an issue, and the stars have to align just to feasibly get everybody in the same room. On the initial attempt to get the series lifted, Tim Allen still had his hands full with the popular sitcom Last Man Standing, which concluded in 2021.
Another obstacle that got in the way of a Galaxy Quest series was the unfortunate passing of Alan Rickman ( well-known for his role as Snape in the Harry Potter franchise), who portrayed Alexander Dane, one of the main heroes. Dane was an integral character in Galaxy Quest, and is also a parody of Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard from the Star Trek franchise in a way. A huge source of tension in the film was that Dane was a highly trained stage actor who was well versed in all things Shakespeare but was bitter about living in the shadow of Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) for being the breakaway character in the fictional series.
Though Patrick Stewart seems to be happy with his science fiction career, Galaxy Quest’s Dane is a caricature of what would have been if he were a bitter individual who lived behind the shadow of his co-stars.
But things are finally looking up for the Galaxy Quest reboot, and Tim Allen has gone on record in the past stating that production will eventually happen. And it seems like he is a man of his word with this most recent development.
We can’t think of a better host for the series than Paramount+, considering that Alex Kurtzman‘s Star Trek properties are part of the catalog. In other words, Galaxy Quest will be parodying Star Trek on the same streaming platform, which is an absolute treat for science fiction fans. Think about it, after wrapping your mind around the heavy subject matter, and philosophical conundrums that are found in Star Trek, you can tab over and enjoy the lighter side of science fiction.
Though we’re waiting for further developments, you can rest assured that a Galaxy Quest series is just around the corner!