One of the greatest sci-fi satires of all time might finally get a sequel. 21 years after its release in 1999, Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot tells Inverse that he still discusses the idea for a Galaxy Quest sequel on a regular basis, but there’s one problem he needs to solve.
In 2016, Parisot and the Galaxy Quest cast were hard at work on a sequel. Then tragedy struck when Alan Rickman died.
“We almost did it,” Parisot says of the potential sequel, “but Alan passed away in the middle of it. And it still comes up every couple of months. I don’t know. Maybe. We better figure out how to do it without Alan.”
In a 20-year retrospective on the film, Galaxy Quest star Sam Rockwell shed a little more light on those shelved plans for a sequel that almost got picked up by Amazon.
“We were going to a sequel series at one point,” Rockwell told The Hollywood Reporter. “But after Alan Rickman passed, we didn’t know what to do with the story.”
In another article, Tim Allen told THR:
“I’m not supposed to say anything — I’m speaking way out of turn here — but Galaxy Quest is really close to being resurrected in a very creative way. It’s closer than I can tell you but I can’t say more than that. The real kicker is that Alan now has to be left out. It’s been a big shock on many levels.”