Paramount Television is shopping a TV spin on the 1999 comedy “Galaxy Quest,” a spoof of the sci-fi TV show that starred Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver.
Robert Gordon, who co-wrote the DreamWorks feature with David Howard, is in negotiations to work on the TV adaptation, as are original director Dean Parisot and executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. The movie’s conceit — revolving around the cast of a beloved 1970s sci-fi TV series who are inadvertently reunited for a real space trek to help an alien race — seems tailor-made for a series rendition.
In the years since “Quest” was released, Parisot has become a busy television helmer, while Johnson and Bernstein have scaled the heights with “Breaking Bad,” “Rectify” and “Better Call Saul,” among other shows.
Paramount has been mining its film vault for properties with built-in brand names to develop as TV series. Par revived its TV wing two years ago after dropping out of TV production following the 2006 divorce of Viacom and CBS Corp.
At present, Paramount TV is producing “School of Rock” for Nickelodeon. It is a co-producer with 20th Century Fox TV on the Fox drama pilot “Minority Report.” And Par TV has a pilot in contention at USA Network based on the 2007 Mark Wahlberg thriller “Shooter.”
Paramount TV declined to comment on “Galaxy Quest’s” television revival.