According to sources talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount+ will be teaming up with Paramount Television Studios to create a TV series of the cult 1999 movie Galaxy Quest.
Production has yet to get underway, but the search is on for a writer to pair with Mark Johnson, who executive produced the original film. He will also executive produce the series, under the Gran Via Productions banner.
No one else is attached to the project.
This isn’t the first time that the studio has attempted to revive the franchise. In 2015, Paramount cancelled a follow-up TV series starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell and Enrico Colantoni.
Robert Gordon, was set to write the script. Johnson and the original director, Dean Parisot, were also involved.
Two years later, Paul Scheer took over writing duties for a Paramount TV Studios and Amazon project.
But plans for the Amazon take were put on hold after star Rickman’s death.
“We were ready to sign up, and [then] Alan Rickman passed away and Tim Allen wasn’t available — he [had Last Man Standing] — and everybody’s schedule was all weird.
“It was going to shoot, like, right now. And how do you fill that void of Alan Rickman? That’s a hard void to fill,” said Rockwell in April 2016, three months after Rickman’s death.
Several years later, Paramount is bringing the franchise back. Paramount+ is coincidentally the home of Star Trek, the franchise that Galaxy Quest is a spoof of.
There is no word on whether this will be a follow-up to the 1999 film, or whether it will focus on a completely new story.
Paramount has not officially confirmed that this project is in development yet.