Mel Brooks Says MGM Is Interested in a 'Spaceballs' Sequel

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - 11:10AM
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - 11:10AM
Mel Brooks Says MGM Is Interested in a 'Spaceballs' Sequel
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Are we about to get a Spaceballs sequel?

No, probably not—at least not any time soon. But speaking in a recent Q&A, legendary comedy director Mel Brooks has hinted that, at some point in the not too distant future, audiences might get the chance to revisit the cult classic sci-fi parody universe.

While hesitant to commit too strongly, Brooks noted that "MGM is slightly interested in doing it because of the...new Star Wars explosion", which has led to the studio opening talks with Brooks about making another Spaceballs to take advantage of all the hype that's been generated by Disney's new batch of space adventure movies.




That said, it's really not wise for fans to get our hopes up at this point. Mel Brooks is now ninety years old, original Dark Helmet actor Rick Moranis is retired, and MGM isn't exactly the healthiest of movie studios these days. If we do get a new Spaceballs, it's unlikely that many, if any, of the original creative team behind the first movie will be able to return to work on what must inescapably be titled The Search for More Money.



This might be a good thing. Part of what has made The Force Awakens and Rogue One so successful is the fact that new creators, who've grown up obsessed with Star Wars, have had the chance to take the franchise in new directions. If we are to get a new Spaceballs, a similar format would be the best approach, with classic director Brooks serving in an advisory capacity to a new director who can make something fresh and original from the existing source material, while simultaneously parodying the new Star Wars movies, the return of the Star Trek franchise, and even Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, Infinity War, and other space-themed movies.

The challenge, though, is finding a comedic director who's up to the task. Parody movies aren't as popular as they once were, and comedy in general doesn't punch quite as hard as it used to at the box office. With most studios looking for big, blockbuster tent-pole films, the budget for a plucky sci-fi parody movie likely won't be what it used to be.

Perhaps the best fit for a Spaceballs sequel would be Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who directed The Lego Movie. They've shown a talent for irreverent humor that simultaneously shows respect for its source material, and that would work perfectly in parodying Star Wars.
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