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Galaxy Quest 2 almost happened, says Sam Rockwell

April 13th, 2016 by Dave Bowling Comments

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It so very nearly could’ve happened…

Back in 2014, Tim Allen shocked geekdom with the announcement that a script for a sequel to 1999’s superlative Star Trek parody Galaxy Quest was in the works. For the uninitiated, Galaxy Quest followed a group of unemployed actors on the convention circuit, former stars of an early 80s science fiction show of the same name, when they are abducted by a group of real aliens who assumed that the TV show was a documentary. And it was awesome. There was even a parody fansite created as part of the marketing campaign, which was inaccurate only in that all the links worked and none of the pictures were blurry photos of someone’s TV screen.

Unfortunately it didn’t perform well enough at the box office to get an immediate sequel, but the announcement from lead actor Tim Allen that a follow-up was on the cards two years ago was brilliant news. Now, Sam Rockwell, who played redshirt actor Guy Fleegman (aka Crewman #6), has confirmed that a sequel was very definitely being lined up, but tragic events earlier this year have probably tanked it for good:

They were going to do a sequel on Amazon. We were ready to sign up, and [then] Alan Rickman passed away and Tim Allen wasn’t available – he has a show – and everybody’s schedule was all weird. It was going to shoot, like, right now. And how do you fill that void of Alan Rickman? That’s a hard void to fill.

There’s been talk of Amazon Studio’s involvement in the project for almost a year, with most talk being based on an actual TV show rather than a movie. The most likely course of events would probably have been a full-length movie on Amazon’s streaming service followed by a TV show. Unfortunately, it seems that Rickman’s untimely death in January has permanently put the chocks on this project. Which is a shame. The world needs more movies like Galaxy Quest. Far too many people take themselves far too seriously.

Source: Den of Geek

Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...