Mel Brooks has revealed his intention to produce a sequel to Spaceballs, his much beloved 1987 satire of Star Wars, and the director plans to ask much of the original cast back for the new film.
During a recent appearance on Adam Carolla’s Take a Knee podcast, Brooks confirmed his desire to film a Spaceballs follow-up, which would be titled Spaceballs: The Search For More Money, as jokingly detailed in the original film. According to Consequence of Sound, Brooks also revealed that it is his intention to invite back as much of the cast of the original movie as possible. Several actors that featured prominently in Spaceballs have since passed away, however, including John Candy, and more recently Joan Rivers, as the Inquisitr previously reported.
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During his appearance, Brooks asserted that the Spaceballs sequel “is actually going to happen,” with an eye to begin filming after the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December, according to Cinemablend. Brooks has previously mentioned that the biggest obstacle to a new Spaceballs film would be the involvement of actor Rick Moranis, who has retired from acting in recent years. As Brooks noted in 2014, he has spoken to Moranis several times over the past few years, but the actor remains reticent.
“Without Rick, I wouldn’t do it,” Brooks asserted. “I’ve got the helmet in storage, just waiting for him.”
Though Brooks was unable to lampoon the Star Wars prequel trilogy contemporaneously, Spaceballs enjoyed a brief renaissance in 2008 with a short-lived animated series. At 88-years-old, Brooks has made inestimable contributions to the world of comedy over his long career, and some observers are wondering what collaborators he may bring to the new project.
“Such candidates not only need to understand Star Wars and its culture, but the deep, complex meta level of humor that Brooks brought to the table,” Cinemablend observed.
Brooks previously praised screenwriter Tom Meehan’s ideas for a Spaceballs sequel in a 2014 interview with Parade.
“Tom [Meehan], who wrote it with me, has great ideas and I would love to do Spaceballs 2. We even have the title because in Spaceballs I said, ‘Maybe we’ll do Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.’ That’s what I would call it. It’s the perfect title.”
Though the film has no confirmed shooting dates, fans are undoubtedly now hard at work trying to find an instant cassette of Spaceballs: The Search For More Money.
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