Ever since Disney brought Star Wars back in 2012, rumors have popped up from time to time about a sequel to Mel Brooks’ classic Spaceballs. During a Q&A following a recent screening of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks spoke briefly about the possibility of a new Star Wars parody film:
“MGM is slightly interested in doing it.” Said Brooks, “So we’re talking. Who knows?”
While there is certainly nothing concrete there, Brooks did seem excited about the project and sounded optimistic about the film being made. Brooks also said the studio is looking at the success of the Star Wars movies as a factor in the decision whether or not to move forward. Considering the current state of Star Wars fandom, there probably isn’t a better time to bring back Spaceballs. The world also needs another Mel Brooks parody, the last film made that was written by Brooks was the 2005 remake of The Producers.
A Spaceballs sequel wouldn’t necessarily be a risk to the studio, and might actually be quite profitable if handled correctly. With the nature of the film, Brooks could probably work with a relatively small budget, and most likely has a few favors he could call in, as far as the actors. This would maximize profits for the studio and give fans of the original the sequel they’ve wanted for decades.
While Brooks didn’t invent the parody genre, he is considered by many to be the best at it (with acknowledgement to Leslie Nielsen fans who definitely have an argument). Brooks has a specific comedy style and unique ways of poking fun at movies, and is known for creating some of cinema’s most beloved parodies including: Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles History of the World, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
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