Galaxy Quest Revival at Amazon Halted in Wake of Alan Rickman's Death

Amazon’s Galaxy Quest revival has been put on hold.

Sam Rockwell, who played Guy Fleegman in the 1999 sci-fi comedy, revealed on Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist podcast that the project was  halted in the wake of co-star Alan Rickman’s death.

“They were going to do a sequel on Amazon,” Rockwell said. “We were ready to sign up, and [then] Alan Rickman passed away and Tim Allen wasn’t available – he has [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.”

The Galaxy Quest movie revolves around cast members of a Star Trek-like series that had long been off the air. During a fan convention appearance, they encounter a group they think are cosplayers but who are really Thermians aka aliens who need their help solving an intergalactic incident.

Robert Gordon, who penned the original Galaxy Quest script, penned the pilot and  was set to executive-produce alongside director Dean Parisot and film EPs Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein.

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  1. telling-it-like-it-is says:

    Uh, why? For one thing, if this was to be a television-type series, then the original cast wouldn’t be involved in it unless they made cameo appearances. It would feature a younger cast of actors. While this show should never have been greenlit in the first place, I never found the movie to be all that great. It was simply a parody of science fiction shows, like “Evolution” was a spoof of X-Files.

  2. David4 says:

    No one seems to know what is going on with the show.

    At first everyone said it would be a new cast, a reboot of the movie. Then all of a sudden this week it seemed like there was talk of getting the cast back together. It doesn’t make sense because even if he were still alive Tim Allen is busy with Toy Story 4 and his own show and it just makes no sense.

  3. Wordsmith says:

    They probably could have found a way around it, but now there is simply that much less of a reason to do so. These kinds of revivals are tricky and fragile feats of story contrivances and schedule-balancing. Disappointing, but I get it.

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  5. Daya says:

    I wondered how it would be without him. Better to take a step back and review the project than to move forward and regret it later. (Take it from a novelist!)

  6. militantgod says:

    Galaxy Quest was a total gem of a movie that deserved so much better than it received. I just assumed they would would rebooting this as a TV show so this is shocking news. Seeing how Rickman has passed (he was utterly brilliant as Dr. Lazarus) I really could do without this.