'Galaxy Quest' Movie May Become TV Show

'Galaxy Quest' Movie Cast
The science fiction comedy movie "Galaxy Quest" follows the cast of a long-since-cancelled science fiction TV show. (Image credit: Paramount Pictures/Dreamworks)

Never give up; never surrender! The beloved space-based comedy movie "Galaxy Quest" is being adapted for television by Amazon Studios. 

A favorite of many science fiction fans, the 1999 movie "Galaxy Quest" is about a group of actors who play space explorers on a "Star Trek"-like TV series. The cast members are thrust into a real-life adventure when they are abducted by aliens that mistake the fictional show for a documentary and want the television heroes to save them from destruction. The film stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell.

Last April, entertainment outlets reported that Paramount Television was interested in selling the project, and last Thursday (Aug. 27), Entertainment Weekly reported that the studio had found a buyer. The film's co-writer, Robert Gordon, will pen the script and will be an executive producer on the pilot; the director of the film will also serve as a director and producer on the show. Two executive producers of the film are on board for the new project as well, but there is no word yet if anyone from the original cast will be involved.

If the "Galaxy Quest" TV show makes it through production, it will not be the only science fiction movie turned television show, Entertainment Weekly noted. This fall, CBS will air a TV series based on the movie "Limitless," and Fox will air a series based on the movie "Minority Report."

Those are just a few of the new space-based shows to hit the small screen recently. The Syfy channel produced two original space-based TV shows this summer: "Dark Matter" and "Killjoys." Syfy is also developing a total of four space-themed TV shows adapted from books. "Childhood's End," based on the book by Arthur C. Clarke, and "The Expanse," based on the book series of the same name by James S. A. Corey (the pen name for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), are both set to air in December; the network has also announced plans to develop shows based on Frederik Pohl's book "Gateway," and Dan Simmons' novel "Hyperion." 

Editor's Note: This article initially stated that "The Expanse" book series was written by Frederik Pohl — it was written by James S. A. Corey. 

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Calla Cofield
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Calla Cofield joined Space.com's crew in October 2014. She enjoys writing about black holes, exploding stars, ripples in space-time, science in comic books, and all the mysteries of the cosmos. Prior to joining Space.com Calla worked as a freelance writer, with her work appearing in APS News, Symmetry magazine, Scientific American, Nature News, Physics World, and others. From 2010 to 2014 she was a producer for The Physics Central Podcast. Previously, Calla worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (hands down the best office building ever) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California. Calla studied physics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is originally from Sandy, Utah. In 2018, Calla left Space.com to join NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory media team where she oversees astronomy, physics, exoplanets and the Cold Atom Lab mission. She has been underground at three of the largest particle accelerators in the world and would really like to know what the heck dark matter is. Contact Calla via: E-Mail – Twitter