Sam Rockwell Confirms That Amazon’s ‘Galaxy Quest’ Sequel Plans Died With Alan Rickman

When news broke last summer that a Galaxy Quest sequel of sorts was in development at Amazon, a collective cheer with Grabthar’s hammer was raised all over the internet. The “sequel,” which had been rumored for months, was actually going to be an original television series for the website’s streaming platform. Yet nothing new has been revealed since by executive producers Dean Parisot and Robert Gordon, who served as the original film’s director and co-writer respectively. And thanks to Sam Rockwell, we now know why.

The Moon actor sat in with the Nerdist Podcast to discuss his latest project, Mr. Right, when the Amazon series came up in conversation. That’s when he revealed that, among other things, the death of Alan Rickman put a stop to it all:

“They were going to do a sequel on Amazon… We were ready to sign up, and [then] Alan Rickman passed away and Tim Allen wasn’t available –- he has a show –- and everybody’s schedule was all weird. It was going to shoot, like, right now. And how do you fill that void of Alan Rickman? That’s a hard void to fill”

Galaxy Quest hit theaters on Christmas 1999 and everyone involved has since stayed busy with other things. Trying to figure out a schedule that could fit them all together was a monumental task, but according to Rockwell’s suggestion, everyone seemed amicable, even the lead, Allen, whose show is Last Man Standing on ABC.

Oh well. We’ll just be left to wonder.

(Via the Guardian)