It takes extraordinary courage to launch a parody of a movie that is like a religion for the people, and still make the die-hard fans laugh about it. It can only happen in America. And Yes, we are talking about the movie Spaceballs that is considered to be the best Star Wars parody ever created.
The legendary comedy wizard Mel Brooks not only created that masterpiece but he also acted in multiple roles for the film. Mel has given us many comedy classics like Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein etcetera, but SB has a very special place in our hearts.
When the movie came out in 1987, the theaters were barren for first few days, but then as word of mouth circulated, the Star Wars fans flocked the theaters and made this movie an instant hit. If you look at the statistics of Brooks’s comedies, this has been the case with most of his works. All his classic parodies were not too successful in their opening weekend, but later they turn out to be gems. Maybe his poor marketing strategy is to be blamed in this case.
Mel Brooks has confirmed that he is currently working with MGM to get us a new SB movie. He dropped this sweet little Teaser during the screening of his classic “Young Frankenstein” during the NJPAC conference. He said:-
“MGM is slightly interested in doing it because of Star Wars Rogue One and The Force Awakens and the new Star Wars explosion, so they think maybe, so we’re talking, who knows.”
Mel Brooks has teased us like this before as well, but he never named a Studio before, and we got another scoop that they have launched some audition calls to particular actors, and according to the reports, these calls are for the SB Prequel.
Two years after the success of the first film Mel wanted to bring back his Star Wars parody. However, Rick Moranis who played the iconic role of Dark Helmet that roasted Darth Vader’s character was not able to make a deal with Brooks. Rick has acted in some of the culture defining movies of 80’s like “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids & Ghostbusters,” but after cancer took away her wife in the early 90’s, he completely stopped taking any acting projects. He still doesn’t take any acting job, but he did create some music albums and performed some voice-over gigs.
Then another great actor from the cast, John Candy died, who played the crucial role of Barf (Chewbacca’s parody), and after that the sad news of Joan Rivers demise hit us, she gave her voice for Dot Matrix’s role, which was a mockery of C3PO’s persona.
Mel was keen on assembling back the original cast for the sequel, he even insisted that if he can get Zuniga, Bill Pullman, and Rick Moranis, he would pitch an idea for the second part to MGM, but Moranis didn’t agree. Here’s is what Mel stated in an interview:-
“Without Rick, I wouldn’t do it. I’ve got the helmet in storage, just waiting for him. It’ll fit nobody else. Rick is five-five-and-a-half. It’s a perfect fit for the big helmet. He was such a genius.”
“Tom [Meehan], who wrote it with me, has great ideas and I would love to do Spaceballs 2,” Brooks added. We even have the title because in the movie I said, “Maybe we’ll do Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money. That’s what I would call it. It’s the perfect title. I think it would take somebody like you to get Rick out of retirement. I’ve asked him plenty of times, and he’s been strict about it.”
But we all know that Star Wars has become a huge universe in itself, and it is currently enjoying its prime once again after 40 years. A studio like MGM would never leave this opportunity to reignite the SB franchise when the audience is much more open to movie parodies and trained to admire such movies throughout the years, which was not the case during the release of the original film.
Star Wars released its first anthology movie last year – “Rogue One,” it was a massive hit even though it was way too different and experimental from the tone of previous Star Wars saga. The next Anthology movie is about Han Solo’s Origin, which is scheduled to release next year, and according to the reports, Prequel is going to be about the origin story of Dark Helmet, Barf, Pizza The Hutt and Lonestar. It will take us back in time to show us the events that shaped the characters that we witnessed in the first movie. This movie is going to be a vague parody of upcoming Han Solo origin film.
Mel Brooks, the legendary comedy director is going to direct the film, and the script penned by Tom Meehan, who has also written the first movie. These guys have already proved their mettle in the world of Hollywood, and we are pretty sure that the final product is going to be awesome. The only issue we have here is that both Mel and Tom are in their late 80’s and Brooks recently had a severe health problem that forced him to cancel all his screening for six months. MGM can’t afford to delay this project just for the sake of budget. They need to make sure this movie gets out of the production hell and reaches the theaters. If these talented maestros are not involved in the film, Spaceballs will SUCK.
The first movie was not only written brilliantly, but it also had a fantastic cast and crew to make it the best Star Wars parody ever. The cast for this movie is going to be a tricky one because the audience would be expecting the younger version of their favorite characters.
The cast selection team has zero margin for errors in this process because the people have seen these characters in their maturity and they all will get into the theaters with some amount of pre-conceptions.
They not only need the characters that look like the original cast but also need to get the best comedy talents in that age range. E-News Central had reported that few actors are currently in talks with MGM and Mel Brooks for the Prequel. Whether they are going get selected for the role or not is yet to be seen but here are the names of those artists, and to be honest, the list seems pretty good:-