Spinal Tap Sequel In The Works Target 2024

Finally, This Is Spinal Tap, a 1984 movie mockumentary about a fictional band gets a sequel with target release on 2024.

According to Deadline, Rob Reiner will direct the sequel and return as filmmaker Marty DiBergi. Also the other main characters will be back. Michael McKean as David St. Hubbins, Harry Shearer as Derek Smalls , and Christopher Guest as Nigel Tufnel, England’s heavy metal band.

Rob Reiner, director of This is Spinal Tap shares what makes the sequel finally come to light.

The plan is to do a sequel that comes out on the 40th anniversary of the original film and I can tell you hardly a day goes by without someone saying, why don’t you do another one? For so many years, we said, ‘nah.’ It wasn’t until we came up with the right idea how to do this. You don’t want to just do it, to do it. You want to honor the first one and push it a little further with the story.

Spinal Tap Sequel In The Works Target 2024

Spinal Tap Sequel In The Works, Set For 2024

Image: Embassy Pictures

Rob Reiner known for directing movies like Stand By Me (1986), When Harry Met Sally (1989), Misery (1990), A Few Good Men (1992) and more recently Shock and Awe (2017) values the contributions of the first movie to the world of entertainment ever since its release.

After all these years, people still approach him about it. And because of some parallels of the story to their lives, he came stumbling upon the sequel’s premise. He says:

They’ve played Albert Hall, played Wembley Stadium, all over the country and in Europe. They haven’t spent any time together recently, and that became the premise. The idea was that Ian Faith, who was their manager, he passed away. In reality, Tony Hendra passed away. Ian’s widow inherited a contract that said Spinal Tap owed them one more concert. She was basically going to sue them if they didn’t. All these years and a lot of bad blood we’ll get into and they’re thrown back together and forced to deal with each other and play this concert.

Spinal Tap Sequel In The Works Target 2024

Spinal Tap Sequel In The Works, Set For 2024

Image: Embassy Pictures

Talking about source material in connection with Spinal Tap, he states:

Hopefully there will be some guest artists. The thing I’ve heard from so many bands and we’re talking about possibly doing a couple books, but one will be Tap Moments that real bands have had. Like in the movie, they get stoned and can’t find the stage, that happened to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. When Nigel is frustrated by the little bread in the catering that won’t hold the cold cuts, that last one was taken from a Rolling Stone article about a tour Van Halen had when, in their rider, they didn’t want brown M&Ms. We had an original keyboard player, Jonathan Sinclair, who when he was with the band Uriah Heep, visited us and said they’d been book into a military base, and we put that in, too. When I met with Sting years ago, he said, I’ve seen that movie 50 times and every time I watch it I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Because it’s so much what happens. With all of that, we’ve had a lot of bands share their experiences and so hopefully we’ll include some of that in the film.

Almost getting into full character he says:

I’m back playing Marty DiBergi. The band was upset with the first film. They thought I did a hatchet job and this is a chance to redeem myself. I am such a big fan and I felt bad they didn’t like what they saw in the first film. When I heard they might get back together, I was a visiting adjunct teacher’s helper at the Ed Wood School of Cinematic Arts. I drop everything to document this final concert.

Spinal Tap Sequel In The Works Target 2024

Spinal Tap Sequel In The Works, Set For 2024

Image: Embassy Pictures

Looking back as he went through the production from being unknown to being valued in the National Film Registry, his words:

You have no idea what’s going to happen and the first time we screened in Dallas, they didn’t know what the hell it was. People came up to me and said, I don’t understand why would you make a movie about a band no one has heard of and is so bad. Why would you do it? I said, it’s satire and I would explain, but it took awhile for people to catch up to it. Now, it’s in the National Film Registry.

In the light of epic blockbusters with million dollar computer graphics and explosive effects, here comes a mockumentary that just seems to be a time capsule of pop culture. People love nostalgia mixed with witty comedy. It has been a while since we had one.

Spinal Tap that!

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