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Web Exclusive: The success David Howard experienced after writing 'Galaxy Quest'

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Web Exclusive: The success David Howard experienced after writing 'Galaxy Quest' (Photo provided by David Howard)

(KUTV) David Howard admits that it was rare for his script to be made into the hit movie, "Galaxy Quest."

"That never happens. The experience I had is like one in 10,000," he said.

According to Howard, usually someone writes a "spec" and gives it to an agent, who shows it to a company.

If the company likes the writing, then they will give the writer a project.

But in Howard's case, Dreamworks wanted to bring his words to life.

"Suddenly I had this great, big star on my resume," he said. "I literally went from temping to having an agent."

Howard doesn't know why this happened for him.

"Act of God? I don't know," he said.

He compares the experience to trying to win a free game of pinball.

"All the gates have to be open for you to get to that place," he said the game. "All the gates were open."

Everything just seemed to fall into place to get his script made into a movie.

"My script came in the Monday after 'Men in Black' had opened," Howard said.

So, movie studios were looking for the next, big sci-fi comedy.

"It's kismet. It's just this moment of where everything worked out to my advantage," he said.

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