Look out, it’s the Spaceballs! and they’ve gone to plaid!
Comic Legend Mel Brooks recently took part in Adam Carolla’s podcast Take a Knee, during which he confessed that he wants to do a follow-up to his 1987 Star Wars parody. The timing now would be particularly fortuitous, with Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens headed to theaters at the end of the year.
Key to Brooks’ plan is to have as much of the original cast back as possible. (John Candy, who played Barf, the half man/half dog Chewbacca role, passed away in 1994, and Joan Rivers, who voiced the role of Robotic Nursemaind Dot Matrix died just this past year.) The biggest obstacle Brooks faces is getting Rick Moranis back in to Dark Helmet‘s oversized, uh, helmet. Moranis has all but officially retired from show business, having not made a film since 2006, when he voiced a role in the direct to video sequel to Brother Bear. The last time Moranis actually stood in front of a camera was in 1997, if you can believe it. In an interview earlier this year with Parade Magazine, Brooks said “Without Rick, I wouldn’t do it. I’ve got the helmet in storage, just waiting for him. [Laughs] It’ll fit nobody else.”
The rest of the cast, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, George Wyner (Colonel Sanders), Michael Winslow (the funny sounds guy from the Police Academy movies) are all out there and ready. We don’t need to get their stunt doubles.
Let’s get moving on this, fast!
The original Spaceballs predicted a sequel, Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money though I believe it’s been so long, that they should skip to Spaceballs 3: The Search for Spaceballs 2. Of course if Rick Moranis is happy in his retirement, we should all just be fine without it.
Who am I kidding, some one go get Louis Tully some coffee, so he can watch radar. After that they can all get to work on the sequel.