Released in 1999, the science fiction comedy now feels like it was ahead of its time. A love letter to “Star Trek,” the film followed a group of actors thrown into their TV roles. They find themselves in space with real aliens in a recreation of their ship from their fictional TV series.
A sequel has long been discussed. And Allen recently added fuel to those conversations. It’s been over two decades since the film, but the actor believes light-speed space travel time dilation could explain the age differences.
“[The sequel] could happen now or in five years and it doesn’t matter at all because when you travel at light speed when you come back it can be like only 20 minutes, but 20 years have passed, right?” Allen told EW. “That part is wonderful for the sci-fi freak in me. But right now it’s in a holding pattern.”
The sequel would have plenty to lampoon. Since the original, “Star Trek” has made a return both on both the silver and small screens. Additionally, the TV series “The Orville” has followed “Galaxy Quest” in lampooning the space exploration TV series of old. Fanbases have grown and become even more rabid with franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe drawing large crowds. It would be interesting to see the crew of the Protector navigate this new pop culture landscape.
Tim Allen Confesses a Sequel Would Be Difficult
But even Tim Allen admits a sequel would have a couple of challenges to sort out. For one, Alan Rickman, who portrayed Alexander Dan, passed away in 2016. Rickman was a big part of the charm of the original and would be sorely missed. Allen revealed the script he read would have focused on his and Rickman’s characters’ friendship.
“It’s a fabulous script,” Allen said. “But it had a hiccup because the wonderful Alan Rickman passed. So it all got very sad and dark because [the script] was all about [Lazrus] and Taggart. It was all about their story. It doesn’t mean they can’t reboot the idea, and the underlying story was hysterical and fun.”
But Allen isn’t giving up hope on the sequel. A TV series had been planned for Amazon. But the idea was shelved by the company. The actor remains hopeful that he’ll get to act among the stars once more.
“I haven’t reached out to anybody in the last week, but we talk about it all the time,” Allen said. “There is constantly a little flicker of a butane torch that we could reboot it with. Without giving too much away, a member of Alan’s Galaxy Quest family could step in and the idea would still work.”