Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Rob Reiner confirms ‘This is Spinal Tap’ sequel

After nearly 40 years, a sequel to the 1984 classic “This Is Spinal Tap” is on the way.

Dateline is reporting that the spoof heavy-metal band created by Christopher Guest, Michael McCain and Harry Shearer is returning in a sequel to the mockumentary titled “Spinal Tap II.”

Sadly, it looks like the title has the number “2”, not the number “11”, which looms large in the band’s legend, as you can see from this clip from the first film.

Rob Reiner will direct the film as well as reprise his role as Doofus documentary Marty DiBurgie.

He told Deadline that he was constantly asked about whether there would ever be a sequel to the film, but said he and his collaborators recently came up with the right approach.

“You don’t want to do this for the sake of doing it. You want to respect the first one and push it a little bit with the story,” he said.

Rainer noted that Guest, McKean and Shearer have performed as Spinal Tap all over the world but “Haven’t spent time together lately, and that became the basis.”

He said the plot would center on the death of longtime manager Ian Faith, who was played in the film by Tony Hendra.

“Ian’s widow inherited a contract that said Spinal Tap gave her another concert. She was basically going to sue him if they didn’t,” Rainer explained. “All these years and a lot of bad blood we’ll be involved in, and they’ll be thrown back together and forced to deal with each other and play this concert.”

Renner stated that the film may have some cameos from famous musicians, and that the band may also do a book dedicated to the experiences of real-life rockers that parallel events in the film.

“Like in the movie, they get stoned and can’t find the stage, which is what happened with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,” Rainer said.

The new film will release on March 19, 2024, or 40 years and 17 days after the world premiere of the original.

Of course, Twitter users had ideas.

And, of course, someone quoted one of the lines from the film.


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