Mel Brooks is Developing a Sequel to ‘Spaceballs,’ Finally
Now that ‘Star Wars’ has been revived with an incredibly promising new trilogy, isn’t about time for ‘Spaceballs’ to return? Original ‘Spaceballs’ director Mel Brooks thinks so, and while he’s previously hinted at the possibility of a sequel to the 1987 ‘Star Wars’ spoof, this is the first time that Brooks seems really dedicated to the concept. But it might not be an easy road to production.
In an interview with Adam Carolla on the “Take a Knee” podcast (via Consequence of Sound), Brooks revealed that a ‘Spaceballs’ sequel is in the early stages of development, and he obviously would love to get some of the original cast back to reprise their roles in the film, tentatively titled ‘Spaceballs: The Search for More Money.’ As you’ll recall, Brooks’ own Yogurt character made a joke about that title in the original ‘Spaceballs’ when he declared, “God willing, we’ll all meet again in ‘Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.’”
Brooks’ confirmation matches up with a Parade interview in 2014, when he revealed that original ‘Spaceballs’ writer Thomas Meehan had “some great ideas” for a sequel. The issue now is wrangling some of the original actors to reprise their roles. John Candy passed away in 1994, and Rick Moranis has largely retired from acting (though he still plays music, and released a new album in 2013) to focus on raising his kids following the passing of his wife.
It won’t be easy to get Moranis back, and it seems like much of the forward motion on this sequel relies on whether guys like Moranis and Bill Pullman want to return. But given Pullman’s career history, this seems like just the kind of thing he might be game for.
Brooks says that the ‘Spaceballs’ sequel would likely head into production following the December 18 release of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ obviously.