At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, IDW Publishing announced that they would be producing a comic book sequel to the cult classic sci-fi spoof ‘Galaxy Quest.’ As great as that news is, we still aren’t getting an actual film follow-up to Dean Parisot’s beloved 1999 movie about the cast of a popular science fiction television show that is mistaken for actual intergalactic heroes by a group of aliens. However, it turns out that just about everyone involved would gladly revisit the NSEA Protector for another adventure.
To celebrate the film’s fifteenth anniversary, MTV brought together a number of people involved in ‘Galaxy Quest’ for an oral history that went into the process of how the movie got made, how everyone came aboard, and the legacy it left behind. Then, by the end of the piece, the idea of a sequel came up and the cast and crew all seemed very enthusiastic about it:
Tim Allen: There’s a sequel somewhere. It’s written, but I haven’t really gotten a straight answer about it, but Hollywood is a very peculiar place. It is none of my business.
Writer Robert Gordon: On the record, I definitely have ideas for a sequel. Off the record, OK, turn your recorder off.
Justin Long: So many people ask me about a sequel.
Producer Mark Johnson: If we announced a sequel or a TV show, there’d be genuine excitement, not “It’s too late.” We’ve tried. I’d do it, Dean would do it. But we need Bob. It’s a Bob Gordon joint, but Bob is a very specific guy.
Sam Rockwell: F–k yeah, a sequel would be amazing. If it was a respectful script to “Galaxy Quest.”
Sigourney Weaver: Tell Bob, tell Dean, we are all ready for a sequel. I still have my costume!
Tim Allen: How’s this for a sequel: it’s 15 years later. The Thermians come back, but they haven’t aged. Maybe they don’t have warp anymore so it took 15 years. They have to search for a new homeland. Sarris [the main villain] is gone but his family never forgets and you take it from there…
It’s funny to note also that none of them were aware of the first ‘Galaxy Quest’ comic from 2008. When director Dean Parisot told a story about how he found out about it a few months ago thanks to a fan, Alan Rickman was very pleased to hear that it featured his character Alexander Dane as Hamlet. Hopefully IDW let them all know about this upcoming comic series so the cast and crew can hopefully enjoy as much as we will.
So even though there is a script somewhere and everyone involved would be more than willing to reprise their roles, we’ll see if the studios are interested in investing in a sequel. Maybe if fans ban together like they did for things like ‘Firefly’ and ‘Veronica Mars’, then by Grabthar’s Hammer we can make it so! Until then, would you like to see a sequel to ‘Galaxy Quest’ on the big screen? Is the upcoming comic book sequel enough for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.