The long-awaited continuation of “Galaxy Quest” is finally back on track. Paul Scheer (“Fresh Off the Boat”) has just signed on to pen the sci-fi parody, which is being rebooted as an Amazon TV series. Scheer takes over from original “Galaxy Quest” writer Robert Gordon. The actor and writer reportedly has a new idea on where the “Galaxy Quest” should go, 18 years after it premiered.
The series was nearing production back in 2015, shortly before the passing of original star Alan Rickman (“Harry Potter” series) in 2016, according to Deadline. “Galaxy Quest” also starred Tim Allen (“Last Man Standing”), Sigourney Weaver (“The Defenders”), Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) and Sam Rockwell (“F is for Family”). It’s unclear if the remaining stars would sign on to the TV series, but Scheer is optimistic. He told Deadline:
“Without giving much away, I don’t think there has ever been a better time to continue the Galaxy Quest story with the explosion and popularity of sci-fi films in recent years. To be able to create and be a part of this world is just mind-blowing, and I’m approaching this truly as what I’d like to see as a fan.”
Original “Galaxy Quest” producer Mark Johnson (“Breaking Bad”) will still produce the series via his Gran Via Productions banner. The series will come from Paramount Television and be released by Amazon.
Scheer is best known for his roles on “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The League,” and his own Adult Swim series “NTSF:SD:SUV.” He’s also made a recent stint on “Veep” and “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.”
No casting details or premiere date have been released.