With Star Wars: The Force Awakens now in theaters, we’ve seen lots of Star Wars jokes and spoofs over the past week. Many of them have come from late night hosts, and others have been hilarious viral videos. But none of them will ever compare to whatever Mel Brooks is dreaming up right now.
The writer/director/comedian/actor (and one-day Lorelai Gilmore tattoo) is thinking about making a sequel to his 80s Star Wars parody, Spaceballs. The movie follows hero Lone Star as he tires to master the Schwartz and save Druish Princess Vespa from the evil mask-wearing Darth Helmet. And that’s just one of the 5,000 jokes squeezed into the movie, that pokes fun at everything this side of the galaxy.
The movie actually includes a joke about a planned sequel to Spaceballs, perfectly titled Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money. Now that joke might become a reality. Even though Brooks is 89 years young, he’s tossing around the idea of going on that quest for more money, when the Schwartz finally awakens. Earlier this year, he told Adam Carolla on his Take A Knee podcast that if he were to do a sequel, he’d do it right after Star Wars opened. That time is now.
However, there are a few things working against the movie’s favor. Brooks has always expressed interest in bringing the whole cast back for the sequel, and sadly two of them have passed away — John Candy, who played trusty sidekick Barfolomew (aka “Barf”), and Joan Rivers, who did the voice of droid Dot Matrix. There’s also the fact that Rick Moranis, who played Dark Helmet, isn’t into acting right now unless the script is juuust right (he recently passed on making a cameo appearance in the Lady Ghostbusters).
But let’s not look at the setbacks right now, and focus on the positives. While there’s no official word confirming this sequel, with all this talk, Spaceballs could be coming back! And with the new Star Wars, along with the new Star Trek movies, and those new Alien movies, and even futuristic movies like Tomorrowland and space movies like Interstellar and The Martian, there is MORE than enough material for Brooks to work with. Bringing Spaceballs back should be as easy counting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or jumping to Plaid.
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