Galaxy Quest 2 has a "fabulous script" and, despite numerous setbacks, could still happen says star Tim Allen. Allen starred in the original film as a William Shatner-esque lead of a once-popular '80s sci-fi adventure series who has mostly been relegated to attending various fan conventions. The cast of the show is approached by actual aliens called Thermians. While the stars think it's all part of an elaborate performance, the stakes are real, and the fake space rangers need to prove they can act like the real thing.
It's been over 20 years since the original Galaxy Quest opened in theaters, but the film's appeal has only grown since. A loving tribute to classic sci-fi TV like Star Trek, Galaxy Quest has built an audience not just with Trekkies, but also among movie fans of all genres, as evidenced in the film Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary about the film's devoted audience. It's a property that is ripe for future installments and adventures. Now, Allen has an update on a potential sequel.
The actor spoke with EW and said that while the sequel is still in a "holding pattern," there is a light at the end of the tunnel for those who are still holding out hope for a Galaxy Quest 2.
It's a fabulous script, but it had a hiccup because the wonderful Alan Rickman passed ... There is constantly a little flicker of a butane torch that we could reboot it with. [The sequel] could happen now or in five years and it doesn't matter at all because when you travel at light speed, when you come back it can be like only 20 minutes, but 20 years have passed, right? That part is wonderful for the sci-fi freak in me.
Allen doesn't reveal who wrote the Galaxy Quest 2 script or when it was written, but he does note the story "was all about" his character, Peter Quincy Taggart, and his relationship with Dr. Lazarus (Rickman). This new feature script does not appear to be connected at all with the proposed Galaxy Quest series at Amazon that also wound up in development hell after Rickman's untimely passing.
That series, which was being written by comedian Paul Scheer, would start in present-day (about 15-20 years after the original), with Allen's character making an appearance at Comic-Con, only to learn his beloved series was being rebooted, but with a younger set of actors. The proposed Galaxy Quest TV plot would've brought together the cast from the original film along with the young, reboot cast as they unite to stop a threat to the universe. Scheer later added there was potentially some life in the Amazon series, but that Paramount, the studio behind the film, was in a period of transition. Maybe with the series on hold, the studio will instead return their attention to Galaxy Quest 2. At the very least, it sounds like that's what Allen is hoping for.
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