Exclusive: Series based on the 1999 sci-fi favorite in development at Amazon Studios
The Galaxy Quest crew has found a new home.
Amazon Studios is developing a series based on the beloved 1999 cult sci-fi hit, EW has learned exclusively.
The streaming outlet is partnering with producer Paramount Television on the project. Last April, media outlets reported that Paramount was shopping a Galaxy Quest title to prospective buyers.
Unlike many high-concept movies, the story behind Galaxy Quest seems as suitable for a TV series as it was for a theatrical film. The original premise: The cast of a cheesy-yet-endearing Star Trek-like series find themselves abducted and forced to run a real starship by a race of embattled aliens that mistook their show for a documentary.
The show’s development is at an early stage. It’s not clear if members of the film’s cast will be sought for the show, or if the series will be a complete reboot. The film had some major (and tough to get) names among the NSEA Protector crew—including Sigourney Weaver, Tim Allen, Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell.
Behind the camera, however, the crew is very much the same. The film’s co-writer Robert Gordon will pen the script and executive produce the pilot. The film’s director Dean Parisot will direct and executive produce. And executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are on board as well. (You might say they never gave up, never surrendered).
If Galaxy Quest is officially greenlit to pilot and then to series, the project will be the latest movie-to-TV adaption to hit the small screen. Next season there’s CBS’ Rush Hour and Limitless, and Fox’s Minority Report, to name but a few in the pipeline.
Paramount and Amazon Studios had no comment.
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