Amazon Developing Series Based on 'Galaxy Quest'


The cast of the 1999 film "Galaxy Quest" is shown in a publicity still (Photo by Paramount Pictures).

LOS ANGELES - Amazon Studios has reportedly agreed to develop a TV series based on the film “Galaxy Quest.”

The 1999 sci-fi movie from Paramount Pictures featured Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman as actors who once appeared on a “Star Trek”-like TV series — whom aliens believed were actual space heroes, abduct them to save their planet.

There's no word yet whether film's original cast will be used in the series, but original director Dean Parisot, co-writer Robert Gordon and executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein have agreed to join the project. Paramount is co-producing.

Over the years, the film received critical acclaim and reached cult status, becoming popular with "Star Trek" fans, the "Star Trek" production staff, and cast members. "Galaxy Quest" won the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, the Nebula Award for Best Script and was also nominated for ten Saturn Awards including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director for Parisot, Best Actress for Weaver and Best Supporting Actor for Rickman, winning Best Actor for Allen.

"Galaxy Quest" earned a number of positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it received rating of 90 percent, based on 114 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The website's critical consensus noted: "Intelligent and humorous satire with an excellent cast -- no previous Trekkie knowledge needed to enjoy this one." Likewise, the site Metacritic indicated that the film has a score of 70 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."

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