A belated sequel to the cult classic Galaxy Quest was fully scripted before the tragic passing of Alan Rickman forced a rethink.
Director Dean Parisot has just navigated the return of one belated comedy franchise in the form of 2020’s Bill & Ted Face The Music. It seems that he may still be returning to another beloved comedy, this time one that he originated in the form of Galaxy Quest.
One of the original film’s stars, Tim Allen, has been chatting to Entertainment Weekly about the long-mooted return of Galaxy Quest. He had a few interesting things to say, including an outline of just how far along a sequel was before the untimely passing of the greatly-missed Alan Rickman rendered that script somewhat redundant (without changes at least).
“It’s a fabulous script, but it had a hiccup because the wonderful Alan Rickman passed”, Allen said. “So it all got very sad and dark because [the script] was all about [Lazrus] and Taggart. It was all about their story. It doesn’t mean they can’t reboot the idea, and the underlying story was hysterical and fun”.
Allen did add that “I haven’t reached out to anybody in the last week, but we talk about it all the time. There is constantly a little flicker of a butane torch that we could reboot it with. Without giving too much away, a member of Alan’s Galaxy Quest family could step in and the idea would still work. [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?” he says.
“That part is wonderful for the sci-fi freak in me. But right now it’s in a holding pattern.“
The article also touches on some of the original film’s deleted scenes and mentions the spin-off series that was being developed by Amazon before it eventually set it aside.
Whether Galaxy Quest 2 ever gets made, indeed whether it even should be considered without Rickman are big questions indeed. But it seems as if some of the creative team behind the original are still keen to see it happen…
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