15 years ago, a strange little movie called Galaxy Quest opened in theaters. A spoof of maybe the most beloved single television show in history, Star Trek, Dean Parisot’s film was a moderate hit at the box office, but has become a fan favorite over the years. It was even voted as the 7th best Trek movie by attendees at a recent convention, beating out the like of Star Trek Into Darkness, Generations, and even the first motion picture in the franchise. There has been sporadic talk about Galaxy Quest 2 from time to time—the adventure of the crew of the NSEA Protector will actually be continued in comic book form—but one of the stars insists that there was in fact a finished script at one point.
At MTV, Jordan Hoffman put together an oral history of Galaxy Quest. Not only is it a fantastic read, it’s an exhaustive examination of the production, release, and lasting impact of a cult favorite. It’s a long piece, but totally worthwhile, and there is talk throughout of a potential follow up. Tim Allen, who plays the William Shatner-esque Jason Nesmith—an actor who, in turn, plays the Captain Kirk-esque Commander Peter Quincy Taggart—says, “There’s a sequel somewhere. It’s written, but I haven’t really gotten a straight answer about it, but Hollywood is a very peculiar place. It is none of my business.”
Sci-fi icon Sigourney Weaver plays Gwen DeMarco (who plays computer officer Lt. Tawny Madison in the show within the show), admits that the entire cast is game for adventures. She says, “We are all ready for a sequel. I still have my costume!” That’s not a lie, she actually did steal her skintight outfit from the movie.
Even the red-shirt, the appropriately named Guy (Sam Rockwell), is on board, giving an enthusiastic, “Fuck yeah, a sequel would be amazing…If it was a respectful script to Galaxy Quest.”
That’s all well and good, but is there enough interest to perhaps warrant a Galaxy Quest 2? Producer Mark Johnson thinks there is more than ample fan desire, and even believes Parisot would be on board. In his estimation, however, the involvement of Robert Gordon, the screenwriter, is an absolute must, and a make or break proposition.
This is where the story gets really interesting. Gordon’s only official statement is, “On the record, I definitely have ideas for a sequel.” And you’ll not that this is where the writer asked that Hoffman turn off his recorder and shared more on the down low. Oh to be a fly on that particular wall.
While Gordon opted to keep quiet on the matter, Allen was much more outspoken, claiming that, not only are there ideas floating around for a sequel, but that there’s even a finished draft of a script somewhere in the world. Whether or not he’s full of shit remains to be seen, but we can hope, cant’ we?
If you make it to the very bottom of the article, Allen even opts to reveal the main pitch:
How’s this for a sequel: it’s 15 years later. The Thermians come back, but they haven’t aged. Maybe they don’t have warp anymore so it took 15 years. They have to search for a new homeland. Sarris [the main villain] is gone but his family never forgets and you take it from there. . .
So what do you think of that? Will Galaxy Quest 2 ever happen? Do you want it to? If it does do you like this set up? And, most importantly, would you go see it?