Everything vaguely old is new again! Variety reports that Paramount Television is currently “shopping” a small-screen version of beloved spoof Galaxy Quest in hopes of turning the property into a brand-new television series for the space set.
Although the idea of relaunching a property like Galaxy Quest is easy enough to deride—who are these people!?—Paramount appears to be doings things right, reportedly snagging some of the original team that made the Tim Allen- and Sigourney Weaver-starring feature so much fun. The outlet reports that Robert Gordon, who co-wrote the 1999 feature alongside David Howard, is in negotiations to “work on” the new show, along with director Dean Parisot (who has found success working on television in the past few years) and executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein.
There’s no word on if any of the cast would return for a new adventure—in fact, Paramount hasn’t commented on the news at all—but it does seem like the kind of property that could lend itself to new blood.
Galaxy Quest’s premise—that an alien race mistakenly believes that the cast of a popular sci-fi series in the vein of Star Trek are actually the characters they play on television, and thus seek out their help when threatened by a deranged alien overlord—seems like the kind of thing that actually could make a fun show. What if more alien races are similarly duped by the power of television and believe that Jason Nesmith and company really are space-bound peacekeepers? The possibilities are kind of endless. At the very least, there are plenty of new galaxies to explore and wacky adventures to have. In the grand scheme of the universal reboot machine, this idea just might have some spark to it.