A TV series based on the cult sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest is officially happening and will launch on Amazon Prime sometime next year.
The 1999 movie starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell and Alan Rickman as washed up actors who once were household names on a hit sci-fi Star Trek-like series. The acting roles might have dried up, but the cast make a living on the lucrative convention circuit. The reunion is short-lived as an alien race crashes the party and whisks them off into outer space to help the fight a hostile enemy. Although a modest hit in the US, Galaxy Quest didn’t reach the audience it deserved upon release even though the movie has since garnered a cult following. Easily one of the best science fiction comedies ever made, Galaxy Quest is also a mighty fine Star Trek satire while dealing with the perils of fame.
The cast of the movie won’t be returning, but director Dean Parisot, co-writer Robert Gordon and producer Mark Johnson are all involved in the series. Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad executive producer Melissa Bernstein is also part of the core creative team.
The Galaxy Quest series is the latest high-profile project for Amazon, the streaming service outbid its direct rivals Netflix to produce a new motoring series with the former Top Gear trio. Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond signed a three-year deal with Amazon to produce a total of 36 episodes of a ‘seriously well funded’ show.
Amazon is slowly starting to catch up with Netflix in terms of critically acclaimed original content. Bosch, Mozart in the City, Hand of God and the universally adored Transparent have all been well received. The last time Amazon attempted to adapt a movie the results were disastrous, the pilot episode for Zombieland failed to impress audiences, and no series order was given.