By James Hibberd
January 15, 2021 at 02:01 PM EST
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Galaxy Quest fans have never given up and never surrendered on the prospect of a sequel to the beloved 1999 sci-fi comedy – and neither has star Tim Allen.

The project had been gaining momentum toward a greenlight when the project's costar Alan Rickman died in 2016. As fans know, Allen played hammy actor Jason Nesmith (a.k.a. the Kirk-esque Commander Peter Quincy Taggart) and Rickman played the Shakespearian-trained Alexander Dane (a.k.a. the Spock-like Dr. Lazarus) in the Star Trek spoof.

"It's a fabulous script," Allen tells EW, "but it had a hiccup because the wonderful Alan Rickman passed. So it all got very sad and dark because [the script] was all about [Lazrus] and Taggart. It was all about their story. It doesn't mean they can't reboot the idea, and the underlying story was hysterical and fun."

Credit: Everett Collection

"I haven't reached out to anybody in the last week, but we talk about it all the time," Allen adds. "There is constantly a little flicker of a butane torch that we could reboot it with. Without giving too much away, a member of Alan's Galaxy Quest family could step in and the idea would still work."

Allen also revealed that in the draft script, light-speed space travel time dilation could play a role, with the NSEA Protector crew being out-of-sync with the rest of the planet.

"[The sequel] could happen now or in five years and it doesn't matter at all because when you travel at light speed, when you come back it can be like only 20 minutes, but 20 years have passed, right?" he says. "That part is wonderful for the sci-fi freak in me. But right now it's in a holding pattern."

The original film's director Dean Parisot (Bill & Ted Face the Music) has likewise said that the sequel idea continues to come up, and at one point Amazon Studios was developing a series spin-off that likewise was shelved.

Doing a sequel without Rickman would indeed be a challenge, as the Harry Potter star's performance as a bitter actor who felt trapped by a corny TV's show's success was a fan-favorite element of the film. While the role was obviously based on Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock, Parisot has said Rickman was able to relate to the character. "He felt he had been typecast in Die Hard and was this Shakespearean trained actor who was only known for that," Parisot said. "So he was playing out something that happened to him in real life."

In the meantime, Galaxy Quest reportedly had several deleted scenes – including ones with Rickman – that DreamWorks felt were too risque and were cut against Parisot's wishes. If there's not a Galaxy Quest sequel, perhaps one day we can at least get the full original cut of the film, complete with more Dr. Lazarus. "I would buy Galaxy Quest with the cut scenes added back just to see Alan doing some of those scenes," costar Sigourney Weaver told THR in 2019. This was a very sophisticated picture, and they could have had a wider audience with the more adult-take on the Star Trek of it."

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