Alan Rickman's death ended plans for 'Galaxy Quest 2,' co-star says

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  • Sam Rockwell says "Galaxy Quest 2" was in the works
  • Alan Rickman, who starred in the 1999 film, died in January

(CNN)Bye, Grabthar's hammer.

Plans were in the works for a sequel to the cult classic "Galaxy Quest," but the death of star Alan Rickman put an end to the idea, co-star Sam Rockwell told Nerdist.
    "They were going to do a sequel on Amazon, and we were ready to sign up for it, and Alan Rickman passed away, and Tim Allen wasn't available -- he has a show -- and everybody's schedule was all weird," he said.
    Scheduling was one thing, he added, but Rickman was irreplaceable.
    "How do you fill that void of Alan Rickman? That's a hard void to fill," Rockwell said.
    Rickman, who died in January, played an actor named Alexander Dane who portrays Dr. Lazarus, a starship's science officer, in the 1999 film.
    "Galaxy Quest," a parody of "Star Trek," its fanbase and science-fiction movies in general, also starred Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Daryl Mitchell, Rainn Wilson and Enrico Colatoni.
    "It was a great cast," said Rockwell.
    Grabthar's hammer (part of a phrase often uttered by Rickman's character) isn't entirely forgotten. There may not be a sequel, but Amazon is developing a series based on the film.