The 1999 sci-fi comedy movie Galaxy Quest was a loving spoof of Star Trek and Trek fandom. It even shows up on some “best of Star Trek” lists. Now Star Trek’s Simon Pegg is the latest tasked at a Galaxy Quest follow-up.
Simon Pegg gives reviving Galaxy Quest a try
Since 1999 there have been a number of attempts to develop some kind of follow-up to Galaxy Quest. And in a new interview, Emmy-winning writer/producer Georgia Pritchett revealed to the UK’s Times she is working on a television spinoff, with Simon Pegg.
The article contained no other details about the project. The latest news regarding a Galaxy Quest series was one in development at Amazon which would bring back members of the original cast. A number of writers had been attached to that project, including Paul Scheer who in 2018 told The Wrap it had been put on hold. According to Scheer, his version would have the original cast interacting with the new cast, a storyline he said was inspired by the 2009 movie Star Trek featuring a new cast.
In March of this year, Sigourney Weaver told Collider that the project had been “in mothballs” in the years following the 2016 passing of Alan Rickman, however, she also indicated new activity, saying “I think they are finally now reviving it.” It’s not clear if the current project involving Pritchett and Pegg is related in any way to the one worked on by Scheer or mentioned by Weaver, however she said it was a “story of the old ancient Galaxy Questers being brought into this series with another young cast.” Galaxy Quest star Tim Allen has also discussed reprising his role as Commander Taggert. Earlier this year he talked to EW about a possible sequel to the film.
In addition to playing Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the three Kelvin Universe Star Trek films produced by J.J. Abrams, Simon Pegg has extensive writing credits in comedy and genre on both film and television, including co-writing 2016’s Star Trek Beyond. Pritchett has an impressive resume garnering a number of awards and nominations, including the critically-acclaimed shows Veep, and Succession. She also has some sci-fi comedy television experience, working with Armando Iannucci on HBO’s Avenue 5.
With many starts and stops over the years, it’s hard to say if this latest attempt to bring back Galaxy Quest will take off. However, Pegg seems to be a perfect fit for the project, and Pritchett being involved indicates this is a serious effort. So, never give up, never surrender.
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