Galaxy Quest may be destined for Paramount+

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The beloved Star Trek parody is being developed as a television show for the streamer.  

Variety has broken the news that Galaxy Quest, the endearing movie homage to the Star Trek franchise, is in development as a television series and potentially bound for Paramount+.

The 1999 comedy, starring Tim Allen, Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver, was a sizable big screen hit. They play the aging stars of a television sci-fi show recruited by aliens to help with a real interstellar conflict.

Galaxy Quest

While Tim Allen provided a pitch-perfect William Shatner take off, Alan Rickman’s won fans for his turn as Alexander Dane. He was the serious actor whose career is blighted by his cult status, having played the ship’s alien science officer Dr. Lazarus – with his memorable catchphrase “By Grabthar’s Hammer!”

The report suggests that Paramount Television Studios are working on the live-action series adaptation with the film’s original producer Mark Johnson. He is expected to take an executive producer’s role on the show.

It was previously reported that Amazon was planning a series which would have reunited the original characters and introduced a new generation. However, it appears to have been shelved after the untimely passing of Alan Rickman in 2016.

Reboot or continuation

Whether this new version will reboot the concept or involve some of the film’s stars is unknown. Certainly, there’s plenty of new Star Trek to provide fodder for the show.

Equally, it’s not the only parody/homage in town now. The franchise has been poking fun at itself on Lower Decks for the past few years. Then, of course, there’s The Orville from Seth MacFarlane, which lovingly parodies the ST:TNG era (on rival streamer Disney+).

We’ll keep you posted on Galaxy Quest.