Galaxy Quest sequel hopes have been high on fans’ wish lists since the Star Trek spoof hit theaters in 1999, and according to a recent interview Flavorwire conducted with producer Mark Johnson, it’s not in dead space just yet.
Johnson spoke to the website about his current projects, Breaking Bad and Rectify, but he couldn’t resist taking the bait when asked about a Galaxy Quest 2.
“I wish,” Johnson said. “It’s complicated. I can’t get into it because it only gets me angry, because I’m so proud of that movie.”
Johnson admitted that “someday we may actually get there,” adding that there had been talks about “doing a television show which would be sort of fun because it would be a TV show looking at a movie that’s looking at a TV show, something like that.”
“So I wish I could answer you and I wish we did have a sequel or certainly a half-hour comedy based on it. So we’ll see, it’s not over,” he added.
Unfortunately, that’s not something you can take to the bank, but considering Johnson’s willingness to revisit the material along with the recent success of Veronica Mars on Kickstarter — and the fact many films and television programs including Chuck and Friday Night Lights are considering the crowd-sourcing thing — there’s more hope now than at any time in the previous 14 years since Galaxy Quest was released.
Unfortunately, Flavorwire didn’t ask Johnson whether he’d considered crowd-sourcing, not that it would make a lot of difference at this point.
However, it’s an idea worth pursuing. The film was a hit at the time of its release, more than doubling its budget in box office take, according to Box Office Mojo, and its cult following has only picked up in the years that have followed.
This idea could also be a good fit for a Netflix — Arrested Development relaunch, anyone? — or Amazon as they attempt to beef up original content.
As for the old cast, Tim Allen has said he’s game for it, according to a Sigourney Weaver interview with About.com.
When asked if she would be interested as well, Weaver said, “Wouldn’t that be fun? … One time the producer wrote me and said they were going to do a second one. I thought that was exciting, because one of the things that happened on the first one was that they re-cut it at the last minute because they wanted it to go up against Stuart Little.”
Weaver continued: “So it was actually much more sophisticated and had other scenes in it that, I don’t even know if they’re in the DVD. I don’t think DreamWorks quite knew what they had.”
Would you be interested in a Galaxy Quest sequel or series?