The Schwartz Awakens as Mel Brooks Reveals Spaceballs 2 Plans

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The Schwartz Awakens as Mel Brooks Reveals Spaceballs 2 Plans

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It is only appropriate that with a new Star Wars, there should come a new spoof, and Mel Brooks says that a Spaceballs sequel is in the early stages of development.

The 1987 film Spaceballs became a cult classic for actor/director Mel Brooks because it took the beloved Star Wars movies (before the prequel trilogy) and turned them upside down. From Rick Moranis as a wannabe Darth Vader to John Candy as the mawg Barfolomew, the movie pulled all the right strings to make us laugh or groan accordingly.

So it makes sense that with Disney's revival of Star Wars that Brooks would want to try to get the gang back together for a sequel to Spaceballs. That could prove a bit difficult as several of the original cast has either died (Candy, Dick Van Patten, Joan Rivers, Dom DeLuise) or stopped acting (Moranis). But that won't stop Brooks from making the effort.

On a recent Brooks said [http://theadamcarollashow.libsyn.com/podcast/tak-012-mel-brooks] that original writer Thomas Meehan had some ideas for a sequel.

"And I'm thinking now, if I said, if I did a movie that came out right after Star Wars comes out, you know,maybe a couple of months later, Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money, I'd have a big weekend, you know, no matter what, even if it fell on its ass and you know, didn't get that money back," Brooks said on the podcast.

"But that first weekend, the anticipation of seeing Spaceballs 2, would, you know...I still have Daphne Zuniga and I still have Rick Moranis if he'd do it, and I've still got me."

And Bill Pullman ... and maybe the Winnebago. And it would better than the one year of Spaceballs: The Animated Series in 2008, right?

Source: EOnline [http://theadamcarollashow.libsyn.com/podcast/tak-012-mel-brooks]



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Let's hope these early plans get intercepted by the Empire.

Can't say a sequel to a nearly thirty-year old spoof fills me with much anticipation.

God willing they don't all come together for this one.
 

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Wow...when I saw this headline I immediately said:

"No way. Nooooooo fucking waaaaaaaay."

Lord knows I love the Mel Brooks classics...but we needed a Spaceballs sequel back in the early to mid 90's...not in 2015.

.............................................eh, I'd still probably see it if it does come to fruition. :p

Edit: For crying out loud...Mel Brooks is frickin' 89 years old...he'll be 90 next June. o.o
 

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Err the last time he made a film was in 1995 Dracula: Dead and Loving It so I doubt his humour is up to date unless he has been keeping it up to date despite his age.
 

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Now I'm scratching my head, thinking about what they are going to parody now. Spaceballs wasn't just a Star Wars parody. It parodied tropes and iconic moments from other sci-fi movies from that time too (like Alien and The Planet of the Apes). I wonder what they're going to add now.
 

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I thought the sequel was supposed to be called "Spaceballs III: the Search for Spaceballs II".
 

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Article needs to be fixed. It says "Bill Paxton" but Bill PULLMAN was in Spaceballs.
 

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COMaestro said:
Article needs to be fixed. It says "Bill Paxton" but Bill PULLMAN was in Spaceballs.
I was just about to check IMDB to make sure I wasn't crazy and had completely missed Bill Paxton.
 

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When was there a Spaceballs cartoon?

It'd be neat to see a new Spaceballs movie, but...I dunno. Maybe.
 

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Scarim Coral said:
Err the last time he made a film was in 1995 Dracula: Dead and Loving It so I doubt his humour is up to date unless he has been keeping it up to date despite his age.
I don't think Mel Brooks needs lessons on comedy from anyone. I actually looked up his directing credits on IMDB too, 20 years is too long without any Brooks directed movies, but his acting and producing credits never stopped, he just hasn't been directing.
 

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Article needs to be fixed. It says "Bill Paxton" but Bill PULLMAN was in Spaceballs.
Yup, my bad. I knew it was Pullman, just a brainfart. Fixed.
 

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CaitSeith said:
Now I'm scratching my head, thinking about what they are going to parody now. Spaceballs wasn't just a Star Wars parody. It parodied tropes and iconic moments from other sci-fi movies from that time too (like Alien and The Planet of the Apes). I wonder what they're going to add now.
It's not like there's a shortage of Sci-Fi right now - There's the numerous reboots we're getting (which is fodder for jokes by itself), we just had The Martian, there's Avatar from not that far back, Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity, Interstellar; and that's just off the top of my head.

I'm sure there's plenty of fodder for Brooks to work with.
 

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Spaceballs: The Cash-in Sequel!

Yeah, it could be good if it were self-aware. It could go pretty far spoofing sequelitis, hype culture and the Hollywood film culture of today, and we all know that they could take the prequels for a wild ride, but I don't see many comedic actors of today that are a good fit for this type of humour.
 

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Space Jawa said:
CaitSeith said:
Now I'm scratching my head, thinking about what they are going to parody now. Spaceballs wasn't just a Star Wars parody. It parodied tropes and iconic moments from other sci-fi movies from that time too (like Alien and The Planet of the Apes). I wonder what they're going to add now.
It's not like there's a shortage of Sci-Fi right now - There's the numerous reboots we're getting (which is fodder for jokes by itself), we just had The Martian, there's Avatar from not that far back, Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity, Interstellar; and that's just off the top of my head.

I'm sure there's plenty of fodder for Brooks to work with.
Good! I certainly want to see if Mel Brooks still has it.
 

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Early stages of development is usually too early to get excited for any movie, especially from someone that in all honesty, some of us were a bit surprised to learn was still alive, and is old enough to go at any moment.

Yeah, I'm a bit jaded. There were similar mullings when the prequels were winding down, and all we got was that animated show.
 

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Really hope this new Spaceballs plays out like a spoof/ screwball comedy from the 70's or 80's instead of playing out like a modern day spoof...Man, that would be bad.
 

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THM said:
When was there a Spaceballs cartoon?

It'd be neat to see a new Spaceballs movie, but...I dunno. Maybe.
You don't want that answered. That was a dark spot on the concept.
 

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Spaceballs doesn't need a sequel. How about History of the World: Part II instead?
 

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I'm of two minds on this. I love Spaceballs as much as the next person(I mean hell, I saw it again in theaters twice last month), but at the same time? Look Mel, half of the cast is dead. D-E-A-D DEAD. And at least one of those actors (Candy) was what I'd probably consider the heart of the film. Those are some big shoes to fill. Maybe it'll work, maybe not, I dunno. They'll need to go far to make it work.
 

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Spaceballs is my favorite!

There's a lot more material in the genre to spoof now too. Maybe it'll be a spoof on reboots?

I love you Mel. I doubt it'll hold a candle to the original but this is something I'm eager to see.
 

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God willing, we'll all meet again in Spaceballs 2: the Search for More Money
Looks like god may be willing after all. hopefully this one doesn't suck.
 

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i actually would watch this. shame about most actors though but if the new cast can pull it off, im in for the ride.
 

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Casual Shinji said:
Can't say a sequel to a nearly thirty-year old spoof fills me with much anticipation.
Scarim Coral said:
Err the last time he made a film was in 1995 Dracula: Dead and Loving It so I doubt his humour is up to date unless he has been keeping it up to date despite his age.
MarsAtlas said:
Spaceballs: The Cash-in Sequel!

Yeah, it could be good if it were self-aware. It could go pretty far spoofing sequelitis, hype culture and the Hollywood film culture of today, and we all know that they could take the prequels for a wild ride, but I don't see many comedic actors of today that are a good fit for this type of humour.
Unfortunately, I think pretty much everything we need to know comes from the animated series. Which was awful. Many of the jokes missed the mark, and many more were rehashes of the original movie. If that's the sort of thing we can expect, than I hope nobody seriously pushes for this movie.

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I'm of two minds on this. I love Spaceballs as much as the next person(I mean hell, I saw it again in theaters twice last month), but at the same time? Look Mel, half of the cast is dead. D-E-A-D DEAD. And at least one of those actors (Candy) was what I'd probably consider the heart of the film. Those are some big shoes to fill. Maybe it'll work, maybe not, I dunno. They'll need to go far to make it work.
I don't know, I'd say Moranis was more the heart of this one. I loves me some John Candy, but I think Dark Helment is what glued the film together.

Still, with a number of the prominent actors dead, it's at the least an uphill battle. That much I can agree on.
Imre Csete said:
Spaceballs doesn't need a sequel. How about History of the World: Part II instead?
And would they still use the "Jews In Space" song, given the similarities to the "Men In Tights" theme?
 

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I hope we finally have a good spoof comedy after... at least a decade.
I don't know, I rather like the collaborations between Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and At World's End). Although those are more parodies of certain genres and its tropes as a whole than spoofs of any particular IPs within those genres.

But yeah, I agree. It has been a while since we had a spoof movie that doesn't just lazily make one mocking references fyar another to whatever is popular at the time without actually doing any witty with it.

Here's to hoping Mel Brooks still knows how it's done.
 

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There was an animated series? Maybe it's good I've never heard of it.

Does this mean we'll be seeing History of the World Part 2 soon? (JEWS! IN! SPACE!)
 

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I'm sorry, I didn't think it was that funny when I was 11, I doubt I would enjoy a sequel now. I remember it as one of those movies that I tried to force to be funny because it so clearly wanted me to find it funny, but I just didn't laugh that much. It was lame and stupid and the jokes were shallow and obvious and cringe-inducing. Sometimes you have to love a movie that will keep trying to make you laugh, throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks, but sometimes you just want to go "Stop. Stop! STOP!!"

Mel Brooks can be absolutely hilarious when he's at the top of his game, like "Young Frankenstein" or "The Producers". And if you found "Spaceballs" funny, more power to you, I guess; god knows there's enough gloom in this world. But I won't be in the audience for a sequel.
 

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Really hope this new Spaceballs plays out like a spoof/ screwball comedy from the 70's or 80's instead of playing out like a modern day spoof...Man, that would be bad.
You mean the ones where we all laugh cause they just referenced a thing?

If they did this I would hope they cast what they can of the originals like the new Star Wars does (which I haven't seen yet), more cameo appearances with the lead roles going to younger actors. I don't know if this is a good idea or not as I have no idea if he has any comedy chops, but I just got it in my head that a pouty Kit Harrington should have a role in this. Maybe as some kind of emo villain.
 

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With this news popping over the web I actually re-watched the original Spaceballs today to reassess the quality, since I remember being underwhelmed last time I watched it, and after a re-watch I have to say, it was ... well, it held my attention. There were a few funny moments throughout, but pretty much the only thing I found consistently funny were the repeated jabs at Star Wars' merchandising. A lot of the jokes were cringe-worthy puns, and others just don't make any sense at all. One of the characters, a clear reference to Yoda, is called Yogurt, and I'm left wondering where the joke is. Yeah, okay, both words start with Yo-, but where's the joke?
Some of the best moments, in my opinion, came from the 4th wall breaking jokes like the stunt-double scene, but overall I just don't really care for the type of humor in Spaceballs and I'm not really sure why.
 

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RandV80 said:
Shoggoth2588 said:
Really hope this new Spaceballs plays out like a spoof/ screwball comedy from the 70's or 80's instead of playing out like a modern day spoof...Man, that would be bad.
You mean the ones where we all laugh cause they just referenced a thing?

If they did this I would hope they cast what they can of the originals like the new Star Wars does (which I haven't seen yet), more cameo appearances with the lead roles going to younger actors. I don't know if this is a good idea or not as I have no idea if he has any comedy chops, but I just got it in my head that a pouty Kit Harrington should have a role in this. Maybe as some kind of emo villain.
I could see this being good, as a parody of modern hollywood reboots. Get Rick Moranis in for a scene of them being too old to make a new movie, and then bring in a new cast for a 'reboot'. My picks would be Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as our plucky rebels, and Jonah Hill (As a new Dark Helmet type sith lord) and Channing Tatum (As the idiot new ruler of the empire). This could either be a very funny movie, or a total flop. Either way, I'll probably love it.
 

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A spoof movie? If it were anyone but you, Mel, I'd groan and say fuck off. Since it's you, though? Huzzah! More misadventures with the Spaceballs!
 

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I'm all for this so long as Mel taps into that humor that made me laugh so hard I pissed my pants a bit... damn Jew makin me get all peepants in the theater... s'ok Mel, from one Hebro to another, I ain't mad.
 

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Dalisclock said:
There was an animated series? Maybe it's good I've never heard of it.
THM said:
When was there a Spaceballs cartoon?
It aired on G4 back in 08. It wasn't very good. It mostly consisted of putting the Spaceballs case in parodies of other movies such as Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, Terminator and several others. Watch it if you want, but don't expect greatness.
 

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Imre Csete said:
Spaceballs doesn't need a sequel. How about History of the World: Part II instead?
The title being "Part I" and the preview for Part II was a historical reference and joke. Sir Walter Raleigh was writing a series of books while he was in The Tower of London called "The History of the World." He was executed after only finishing the first book, hence the Part I. Brooks never intended to make a Part II.
 

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Am I the only one who didn't find Spaceballs all that funny? Granted, I came in expecting something like the ZAZ movies and it was nothing like it, but still.
 
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I would really love for this to be a thing. I'm surprised they never thought of the idea in the last 20 years or so. What does the OP mean Rick Moranis has "stopped acting"?

It is a shame about the passing of some of the films stars, but there's no reason they can't do good things with the the rest of the cast.
 
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I would really love for this to be a thing. I'm surprised they never thought of the idea in the last 20 years or so. What does the OP mean Rick Moranis has "stopped acting"?

It is a shame about the passing of some of the films stars, but there's no reason they can't do good things with the the rest of the cast.
Rick Moranis essentially retired from acting about 15 years ago, sadly. His wife died, and he took time off to raise his kids. That said, he's clarified that he's not actually retired. [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/rick-moranis-reveals-why-he-829779]
 
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John Keefer said:
The Schwartz Awakens as Mel Brooks Reveals Spaceballs 2 Plans

On a recent "Take a Knee" podcast [http://theadamcarollashow.libsyn.com/podcast/tak-012-mel-brooks] with Adam Carolla, Brooks said that the sequel is tentatively called Spaceballs: The Search for More Money...
Yogurt called it.

The thing is, do we really need another one? I used to love the original but I don't think it's dated very well.
 
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thebobmaster said:
KingsGambit said:
I would really love for this to be a thing. I'm surprised they never thought of the idea in the last 20 years or so. What does the OP mean Rick Moranis has "stopped acting"?

It is a shame about the passing of some of the films stars, but there's no reason they can't do good things with the the rest of the cast.
Rick Moranis essentially retired from acting about 15 years ago, sadly. His wife died, and he took time off to raise his kids. That said, he's clarified that he's not actually retired. [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/rick-moranis-reveals-why-he-829779]
Mate, thank you for that link! It is nice to read about someone so popular from my earlier years. I cannot say I'm a "fan" of his per se, but I've loved many movies he's been in and they were each and every one better for his being in them. Really great find dude, thanks again.
 

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Now this is one of the very very few works I'm interested to see. More to see if he still has it though. I really hope so, because today's parody movies really suck.
 

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Good, maybe it'll get real parody movies going again instead of the last crappy batch of "parody" flicks.
 

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I'm more looking forward to Blazing Saddles 2, set in a town rioting after the police shooting of a black man.

If anyone can pull it off AND make it funny Brooks can.
 

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COMaestro said:
Article needs to be fixed. It says "Bill Paxton" but Bill PULLMAN was in Spaceballs.
can't we just call them both Bill Pulxton and be done with this problem forever?
 

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Spaceballs was fucking atrocious. Replacing words with random other words that rhyme is not how puns work. Can we please forget this was ever brought up?
 

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Bring on the search for more money!

Hopefully it will be a good spoof, there is a lot of stuff he could draw on these days.
 

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The "We ain't found shit!" scene when they comb the desert had me in hysterics as a kid. But I don't know how you can parody The Force Awakens when it is a rehash of most of the same beats from A New Hope...

I mean you could make that a joke in and of itself, but that wouldn't be enough to carry the entire film.