Could Mel Brooks Be Thinking About Finally Making 'Spaceballs 2'?
by Ethan Anderton
February 9, 2015
Now that we're getting Star Wars: The Force Awakens this winter, wouldn't it be the perfect time for a sequel to Spaceballs? That's exactly what writer and director Mel Brooks thinks. The iconic spoof master appears on Adam Carolla's "Take a Knee" podcast and when he was asked about what he might do next. After all, it's been 20 years since he directed Dracula: Dead and Loving It and 10 years since he wrote The Producers musical for the big screen. And in the conversation, he mentions that he's pondered about doing another Spaceballs movie. However, is it more than just a passing thought in his head? More below!
Here's what Brooks had to say about the idea of Spaceballs 2:
“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 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.”
As Brooks says, the set up is right there in the original film for a sequel, but it's been 28 years since that film debuted. While Daphne Zuniga, Rick Moranis and Bill Pullman may still be around, they're hardly as young as they once were. Pullman has maintained his career the best since Spaceballs, but Daphne Zuniga hasn't been doing too bad with plenty of television work under her belt. But Rick Moranis has been retired for years now, and getting him back on the big screen would take considerable effort. However, Moranis did give some details last year on the sequel that almost came together, which would have been Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II, and we'd still love to see that.
But on the other hand, with John Candy and now Joan Rivers having passed away, a sequel would be rather bittersweet. Of course, much like The Force Awakens, it wouldn't be hard to pass the torch to a new cast for a sequel. There's plenty of great young comedic talent out there who would love to work with Brooks, especially on something like a Spaceballs sequel. But we're betting that this is something we'll never see come together. But there's a Spaceballs animated series out there to enjoy, and Mel Brooks will lend his voice to Hotel Transylvania 2 as well. Otherwise, we hope Brooks gets back behind the camera soon.