by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Truth time: I was never big into Star Wars when I was a kid. But I loved Spaceballs. I remember lazy summers at my grandparents (who had HBO) when I was an impressionable youngster and watching some great 80s comedies – Armed & Dangerous, Short Circuit 2 and, of course, Spaceballs. I wanted the action figures. I quoted the lines. even wanted to see the sequel Spaceballs 2: The Search For More Money. But as I grew up I started to learn what sarcasm was and came to realize a second chapter would probably not be forthcoming.
But all that changed recently.
In an interview on Adam Carolla’s “Take A Knee” podcast, Mel Brooks announced that a Spaceballs sequel could happen – but it all depends on retired actor Rick Moranis coming back for one more go around. Moranis hasn’t been in a live action film since 1997’s Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.
Here’s the quote from the podcast:
“Maybe I could do another musical, maybe I could do another movie. I was thinking about Spaceballs the other day. In Spaceballs, in the movie, Bill Pullman says to me, Yogurt, just plain Yogurt, he says ‘Do you think we’ll ever meet again?’ and I say ‘Well, I don’t know…maybe in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.’ And I’m thinking now, if I did a movie that came out right after Star Wars comes out — maybe a couple of months later — I’d have a big weekend, you know? No matter what, even if it fell on its ass and didn’t get its money back…but that first weekend, the anticipation of seeing Spaceballs 2, would…I still have Daphne Zuniga and I still have Rick Moranis if he’d do it, and I’ve still got me.”
This says to me that Bill Pullman may not come back as Lonestar. That would be a bummer. And we already know Barf would be persona non grata, as the great John Candy has been making them laugh in the Great Beyond for quite some time now. The only thing you could really get around would be an impersonator to voice the robot Dot Matrix now that Joan Rivers has passed away as well.
With so much going against it, a sequel just seems like it’s a far-flung idea. I’d love it if it happened, but I’m not gonna hold my breath.
I wouldn’t mind a reboot though. Just a thought.