A television series based on the popular 1999 spoof film ‘Galaxy Quest’ is being pimped by Paramount to various networks for consideration.
The film, which parodied fans or science fiction and conventions, but did so with a real sense of wit and fun starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman as veteran actors from a small television series, which gained a cult fan following here on earth but also across the galaxy.
Robert Gordon, who co-wrote the DreamWorks feature with David Howard, is in negotiations to work on the TV adaptation, as are original director Dean Parisot and executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. The movie’s conceit — revolving around the cast of a beloved 1970s sci-fi TV series who are inadvertently reunited for a real space trek to help an alien race — seems tailor-made for a series rendition.
Since making the ‘Galaxy Quest’ Parisot has become a busy television helmer, while Johnson and Bernstein have scaled the heights with ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Rectify’ and ‘Better Call Saul,’ among other shows.
Paramount has been looking at its various film properties, with recognizable brand potential for regular television series.
The company, which quit television when it split off from Viacom and CBS Corp in 2006 returned to television production two years ago.
At present Paramount two series entering production with ‘School Of Rock’ for Nickelodeon and ‘Minority Report,’ which is a co-production with 20th Century Fox TV. They also have pilot in development, which is based on the 2007 Mark Wahlberg thriller ‘Shooter.’