Spaceballs, the 1987 Star Wars parody film by writer and director Mel Brooks, become an instant cult hit and fans have been waiting for a sequel ever since Yogurt announced Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money at the end of the original film.
Well hold onto your helmets, because Mel Brooks has confirmed that a sequel is underway and could begin filming in early 2016. Rumors have been circulating for the past year, but as of last week, Brooks announced on Adam Carolla’s podcast, Take A Knee, that the sequel is in its “early phases of development”. Now that J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released, a Spaceballs parody makes total sense.
One can only speculate about potential storyline and characters for the sequel. Unfortunately, comedy legends Dick Van Patten, who played Princess Vespa’s father, King Roland, Joan Rivers, who played Dot Matrix and John Candy, who played the lovable sidekick Barf, are no longer with us. That leaves Bill Pullman as Lone Starr, Daphne Zuniga, who played Princess Vespa, Rick Moranis, as Dark Helmet, and of course, Mel Brooks, who portrays the wise and powerful Yogurt, as well as President Skroob. Zuniga showed interest earlier this year after tweeting about Mel Brooks official sequel confirmation, back in February. However, Rick Moranis retired from acting in 1997 and Mel Brooks has stated that the sequel will depend greatly on his involvement. Does this mean Moranis is returning?