Spaceballs 2 Is Finally Happening And Mel Brooks Is In

By Britta DeVore | Updated

What the world needs right now is a little laughter and, thanks to Mel Brooks, that sweet, sweet elixir is on the way in the form of Spaceballs 2, a sequel to the classic 1987 laugh-out-loud feature. Brooks will return to the now-franchise as its producer with Frozen and Wolf Like Me star Josh Gad attached to star and produce. The project hails from Amazon MGM Studios, so it’s likely that it will eventually become available on Prime Video if it doesn’t solely release to the streamer and skip a theatrical drop altogether.

Mel Brooks Working With A Dream Team

Film and television director, Josh Greenbaum, whose credits include projects such as Strays, Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar, New Girl, Bless This Mess, and Fresh Off The Boat, joins the production as its helmer. Gad will also be putting his writing chops to the test, serving as a co-scribe for Spaceballs 2 alongside Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, and The Addams Family 2 writing duo, Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. Kevin Salter, a frequent collaborator of Brooks’, will join the team as a producer.

Remembering The Classic

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Although the production was announced to be moving forward, any further information surrounding Spaceballs 2 is being kept under lock and key over at Amazon Studios. The first movie saw performances from legends like Rick Moranis, John Candy, Daphne Zuniga, and Bill Pullman, with Mel Brooks even popping in for two smaller parts. Because he’ll be closely involved in the creation of the long-awaited sequel, it’s fully possible that Brooks may get bit by the acting bug again by the time cameras begin rolling.

Even More Source Material To Lampoon

The original film was a spoof and parody of other huge titles of the time. While it mostly focused its energy on taking jabs and stabs at Star Wars, Spaceballs also had fun playing with concepts found in other super popular movies and shows including Alien and Star Trek. Now that it’s been more than three decades since the first movie played in cinemas, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Alien all went on to grow into mega-franchises and now there’s all the more fodder for satirical commentary in Spaceballs 2.

Not The Only Brooks Sequel

The announcement for Spaceballs 2 comes very shortly after the release of History of the World, Part II, a series follow-up to Mel Brooks’ beloved 1981 comedy, History of the World, Part I. While we can’t say for sure if completing the next chapter of the fan-favorite production lit the fire for Brooks to follow through with a Spaceballs sequel, it probably didn’t hurt. Now we’ll just be waiting for other classics like Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights to get their well-deserved sophomore installments. 

Casting Remains A Mystery Outside Of Josh Gad

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Beyond Josh Gad’s involvement, no other casting announcements have been made at this time but judging by the names in History of the World, Part II, which included Nick Kroll, Dove Cameron, and Wanda Sykes, there will be a multitude of actors lining up to audition. For more information on the progression of Spaceballs 2, you can stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted with updates as they roll in.

Source: Variety