Actor Paul Scheer made a deal with Amazon earlier this year to write a TV show based on the popular sci-fi film, Galaxy Quest. The actor recently spoke with/Film about the progress he has made so far and how he felt obligated honor:
“Right now, I just handed in my first script to Amazon, so I’m in that zone. I’m excited about it. It’s a bigger idea that’s kind of morphed and changed a little bit. Not much. The thing I keep on saying about it, without giving too much away – because it’s going to be so long before people get to see it, I don’t want people to get too burnt out on me telling you what it’s about before it gets to that point – but for me, it was really important to do service to a Galaxy Quest story that gives you everything that you want and indoctrinates people who have never seen Galaxy Quest into what the fun of that world is. That Tropic Thunder, Galaxy Quest world. And also to continue the story of our original characters and have consequences from the first film.”
Staying true to the elements that made the original film so much fun seems important to Scheer and trying to keep the magic of the film should keep the series on the right track. Scheer also talked about how the fandom has changed since the original film:
“And then the other jumping off point was, I love that in 1999, as a fan of Star Trek and going to these conventions since I was a kid: sci-fi, fantasy, those worlds have changed so drastically. I really wanted to capture the difference between the original cast of Star Trek and the J.J. Abrams cast of Star Trek. I think that, to me, is my entry point. Sci-fi heroes are rock stars now. If you look at Thor, in 1999 if that movie came out, it would not be received the way it is. People would not want to see a cosmic, galactic thing on that level. But now we’re accepting it. I think just by virtue of that switch in our environment, it’ll make the story feel a little bit more fresh.”
The original film starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Tony Shaloub. The story followed the cast of a Star Trek like TV show, as they make a living off the convention circuit. They are soon taken away by aliens in need of help who think the footage from their old TV show is real.
I think Scheer will do well with this, and being a fan of the Galaxy Quest film, I will surely be checking this out. Scheer was hilarious on FX’s The League, as well as the many other shows and movies he has appeared in including Fresh Off the Boat and Veep, as well as providing voices for Adventure Time.
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