The ‘Galaxy Quest’ television series, which was announced some time back is heading for Amazons Video On Demand series where it will join their line up of original series.
Amazon Studios are busy developing a small screen series based on the much loved 1999 movie, which gently poked fun at ‘Star Trek’ conventions and space adventure series.
The streaming outlet is partnering with producer Paramount Television on the project. Last April, media outlets reported that Paramount was shopping a ‘Galaxy Quest’ title to prospective buyers.
Unlike many high concept television fare ‘Galaxy Quest’ seems as well suited for the small screen than it does for the cinema audiences that went to see it in 1999. The original premise: The cast of a cheesy-yet-endearing Star Trek-like series find themselves abducted and forced to run a real star-ship by a race of embattled aliens that mistook their show for a documentary.
The series is in very early development. It’s not clear as yet if any of the films cast members will be brought back or if Amazon and Paramount plan to reboot the films premise for a more modest TV budget. The film had some major (and tough to get) names among the NSEA Protector crew—including Sigourney Weaver, Tim Allen, Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell.
That said the crew behind the cameras is very much the same team that brought us the movie. The film’s co-writer Robert Gordon will pen the script and executive produce the pilot. The film’s director Dean Parisot will direct and executive produce. And executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are on board as well.
If ‘Galaxy Quest’ is officially green lit to pilot and then to series, the project will be the latest movie-to-TV adaption to hit the small screen. Next year there’s CBS’ ‘Rush Hour’ and ‘Limitless,’ and Fox’s ‘Minority Report,’ to name but a few in the pipeline.