This is the sequel to Spinal Tap in the works with the original team attached | It’s Spinal Tap
A sequel to the mockumentary This is Spinal Tap is in the works with the original director and cast.
Spinal Tap II will see Rob Reiner return as a filmmaker on and off screen along with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest. The film will be released in 2024 on the 40th anniversary of the 1984 original.
“I can tell you that hardly a day goes by that someone doesn’t say, why don’t you do another one?” Reiner told Deadline. “For so many years we said, ‘no.’ It wasn’t until we came up with the right idea of how to do this. You don’t want to just do it, do it. You want to honor the first one and push it a little further with the story.
The plot would be centered on the death of the manager of the fictitious British group and his wife who then inherits a contract which obliges them to do one last concert. There’s bad blood and anger towards Reiner’s filmmaker Martin “Marty” Di Bergi, who they say did a choppy job with the original documentary but returns to film their last hurray.
Although the original was critically acclaimed, it was not an initial commercial success, later finding an audience on VHS instead. Reiner said early viewers were confused.
“The first time we screened in Dallas, they didn’t know what it was,” Reiner said. “People have come up to me and said, I don’t understand why you would make a movie about a band that nobody’s heard of that’s so bad. Why would you? I said, c It’s satire and I’d explain, but it took a while for people to catch on. Now it’s in the National Film Registry.
The original is due to screen at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which begins later this month, and the sequel package will be sold on the festival market.
Earlier this month, the fictional band’s drummer Ric Parnell, who later toured with them in real life, died aged 70. the death.