Paramount Television’s TV series take on cult sci-fi comedy feature Galaxy Quest has been set up at Amazon where it is in early stages of development. The project, originally put together in the spring, is based on the 1999 DreamWorks movie about the cast of a long cancelled space TV show who become reluctant real space heroes when they are accidentally transported to a spaceship and tasked with saving an alien nation.
Like most Paramount TV series projects based on library titles, Galaxy Quest is being adapted with key auspices from the film on board. That includes the feature’s writer, Robert Gordon — who is writing the TV version — director, Dean Parisot, and producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad). The three executive produce along with Johnson’s Gran Via Prods. partner Melissa Bernstein. The series is in early stages, so its concept is still being worked out. No talent is attached.
Galaxy Quest, a sendup of classic TV series Star Trek, starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell and Enrico Colantoni and introduced young Justin Long in his feature debut. The film has been embraced by sci-fi fans, quickly achieving a cult status.
Paramount TV’s series adaptations of movies from the Paramount library have yielded two series orders, for Minority Report at Fox and School of Rock at Nickelodeon, and two pilot pickup, for Shooter at USA and Urban Cowboy at Fox.
Galaxy Quest’s Amazon deal was first reported by EW.com.