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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Casual Shinji

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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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COMaestro said:
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.
 

Imre Csete

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