May the Schwartz be with you! Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs is one of the greatest and most beloved satirical comedies ever (possibly only beat out by his own Blazing Saddles), with the master funnyman giving his utterly hilarious – and kosher – take on the original Star Wars. And with Lucasfilm finally releasing a new entry in their franchise this year with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it looks like Brooks wants to follow suit.
Speaking on comedian Adam Corolla’s podcast (via Reddit), the 88-year old Brooks didn’t say that it’s definitely happening, but rather that he “really wants to do it”, and plans to ask back the original cast, including coaxing Rick Moranis out of retirement to reprise his role as diminutive asthmatic bad guy Darth Helmet. Unfortunately, the original roll call will be missing two names with the passing of John Candy in 1994 and Joan Rivers last year. The late duo respectively played Barf – a half-dog. half-human stand-in for Chewwbacca – and Dot Matrix -a bossy robot parody of C-3PO.
And while Brooks didn’t shed any light on what he wants to make the movie about, he did say that if it does happen, it would only go into production after this December’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, alluding to the fact that the Spaceballs sequel could be doing a send-up of that JJ Abrams directed flick. If that’s the case, expect LOTS of funnily designed lightsaber jokes.
As a gigantic fan of Spaceballs who still quotes lines from the movie to this very day, I cannot tell you how much the possibility of a sequel excites me. There has been talk of a follow-up film for years and Brooks even did a very short-lived animated series a few years ago, but with more Star Wars movies on the horizon for the first time in years, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Getting back a now 61-year old Bill Pullman and 52-year old Daphne Zuniga as Lone Starr and Princess Vespa, would be brilliant and completely fitting with new Star Wars movies. There’s also already been a brilliant suggestion on that Reddit thread on how to handle John Candy’s absence: Create Barf as an intentionally badly rendered fully-CG character, clipping through backgrounds and interacting poorly with the other characters. Not only would it be a hilarious way to keep the character alive, but it would the perfect parody of some of the Star Wars franchise’s CG transgressions. What’s more, the original movie already told us what the absolutely perfect title of another movie could be: Spaceballs 2: The Search For More Money!
C’mon, Brooks! With the current crop of parody movies being more akin to lobotomies than movies, we need this now! And we all know that now will be soon!
Last Updated: February 9, 2015