Star Trek used to be a thing.
It was big in the 60s, the movies were a bit of a deal in the 80s (KHAN!!!) and The Next Generation brought Patrick Stewart into our lives in the 90s. Since then, there have been more movies, more shows, a movie reboot, and even more shows. But somewhere along the way, it lost traction. Which maybe makes it a strange time to release a spoof.
Back in 1999, when Galaxy Quest hit theaters, the time was right for a comedic parody of the Star Trek franchise. It didn’t hurt that the movie was fun, and funny, with stars Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver leading a cast of hilarious supporting actors like Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell. They played the cast of a Star Trek-style show that gets drafted into a real-life space war by actual alien Tony Shalhoub and hijinks ensue.
Galaxy Quest has a lot of fans, and those fans are no doubt excited at the news that a second GQ movie is on the way, even if there aren’t as many people around who are going to know what they’re spoofing!
In their defense, the sequel has been in the works for a while, according to Sigourney.
“They were in the middle of reviving it. First of all, there was another script. There was a sequel written by our writer, Bob Gordon. The movie was so witty, and when they released it, DreamWorks cut a lot of the wittiest scenes because they wanted to put it out as a children’s movie at Christmas. I think that was disappointing for everybody, so he decided not to let them have the second one,” she explained to Collider. And now they are giving it another shot. “However, it was about four years ago, Bob and (producer) Mark Johnson and the whole group, started to develop a series. We lost the wonderful Alan [Rickman] unexpectedly, so that was put in mothballs, but I think they are finally now reviving it.”
During her interview, Weaver also let slip that the plot involves a younger cast of an updated Galaxy Quest series joining the classic line-up, which sounds like an attempt to freshen things up for people who are fans of the JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot. Unfortunately, having passed a few years back, Rickman won’t return as fan-favorite Dr. Lazarus.
“It will be the story of the old ancient Galaxy Questers being brought into this series with another young cast. I haven’t read them, so I don’t know the details, but I think that everyone in Galaxy Quest would love to participate because it was such a wonderful experience for us,” Weaver said. “How they will find someone to play Alan’s part, don’t know, but I think that they have a very good idea of who to do it. He’s irreplaceable, eternally. I think there may be good news on that front, but I haven’t heard about it in these six months, so when it’s gonna happen, I’m not sure.”
We’ll keep you posted as details emerge!