'Galaxy Quest 2' Was in the Works Before Alan Rickman Died
Sam Rockwell reveals a sequel was moving forward at Amazon with the original cast.
Some interesting movie news has come to light recently in the wake of Alan Rickman's death. According to Sam Rockwell via The Guardian, Rickman's passing quelled talk of a sequel to 1999's Galaxy Quest, a revelation that's sure to disappoint the film's cult base. The sequel was moving forward at Amazon with original castmates Rickman, Rockwell, Sigourney Weaver, and Tim Allen in talks to reappear.
Rockwell spoke about Rickman and the sequel on a Nerdist podcast. “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.”
This isn't the first time a Galaxy Quest sequel has been talked about in relation to Rickman's death. The British star passed away on January 14 due to pancreatic cancer and, soon after, Tim Allen wrote for THR about Rickman and mentioned a new Galaxy Quest project. "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."
Time will tell whether or not Galaxy Quest 2 gets underway without Rickman. Until then, you can seek out his final onscreen appearance in Eye in the Sky alongside Helen Mirren. The movie is out now in the States and will be released April 15 in the UK. You can also hear Rickman in the upcoming sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass. He voices the Blue Caterpillar.