Well, who knew? A sequel to the cult hit film Galaxy Quest was once completely on the table, greenlit and ready to start production….until it wasn’t. When did this happen? 2016. THIS YEAR.
Sam Rockwell, who was in the original, revealed this during his interview on The Nerdist podcast. It doesn’t sound like the movie would have been for theaters, but produced by Amazon’s streaming service. But all the original actors were on board. So why was it shut down?
The big reason was that we lost Alan Rickman. The actor played Sir Alexander Dane, who in the film was known for his character Dr. Lazarus. In real life Rickman was most known for playing Severus Snape. We lost him not too long ago, and when that happened, plans for a Galaxy Quest 2 were halted.
Couldn’t they have just written him out? Well, maybe, but it sounds like the wind just went out of everyone’s sails and they got busy doing other things. Rockwell said:
“They were going to do a sequel on Amazon and we were ready to sign up for, and you know, Alan Rickman passed away and Tim Allen wasn’t available, he has a show, and everybody’s show was all weird. We were going to [do] this sequel on Amazon. It was going to shoot like, right now.”
If you count Alien 5, this makes two Sigourney Weaver characters that have been denied returns lately.