When popular franchises release new material, it’s a chance for parodies of those franchises to step up. Star Wars has inspired its fair share of inspired parodies but perhaps none is more beloved than Mel Brooks‘ Spaceballs. The 1987 film starring Brooks, John Candy, Bill Pullman, Rick Moranis, Daphne Zuniga, and so many more is ridiculous and charming and maybe not entirely in the past. Lone Starr (Pullman) did say, “I wonder, will we ever see each other again?” Is that day here?
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Brooks recently appeared on Adam Carolla’s Take a Knee podcast and when Carolla asked Brooks if the director would like to create another big movie, Brooks didn’t say no. The game of internet telephone has, as per usual, exaggerated Brooks’ statements, but Splitsider has a transcription of the Spaceballs 2 highlights from the pay-to-listen podcast:
“Maybe I could do another musical, maybe I could do another movie. I was thinking about Spaceballs the other day. In Spaceballs, in the movie, Bill Pullman says to me, Yogurt, just plain Yogurt, he says ‘Do you think we’ll ever meet again?’ and I [Yogurt] say ‘Well, I don’t know…maybe in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.’ And I’m thinking now, if I did a movie that came out right after Star Wars comes out — maybe a couple of months later — I’d have a big weekend, you know? No matter what, even if it fell on its ass and didn’t get its money back…but that first weekend, the anticipation of seeing Spaceballs 2, would…I still have Daphne Zuniga and I still have Rick Moranis if he’d do it, and I’ve still got me.”
To summarize, Brooks basically says he’s up for it. That’s more or less what he told Parade in an interview last year. Though the cast has lost at least a couple of members, Moranis and Zuniga are still around. But note that Brooks doesn’t say he’s written a screenplay or that he’ll do it if Moranis on board. He makes it sound like an interesting prospect rather than a project currently in development. If Brooks does want to set a Spaceballs sequel in motion to hit a release date shortly after The Force Awakens, he’d need to dive in immediately. While I think some studio would jump at the chance to make Spaceballs 2 (sequels and reboots never seem to go out of fashion), I’m not getting my hopes up until Brooks sounds more committed.
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