Spinal Tap II in the Works with Rob Reiner and Original Cast

Posted 2022/05/12 5 0

Original director Rob Reiner will reunite original stars Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest.

Castle Rock Entertainment is moving forward on Spinal Tap II, a sequel to the cult classic 80s flick This Is Spinal Tap. Per Deadline, the sequel will bring back original director Rob Reiner along with the lead actors Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest. Reiner will also reprise his role as filmmaker Marty DiBergi alongside McKean’s David St. Hubbins, Shearer’s Derek Smalls, and Guest’s Nigel Tufnel.

The film is said to be a hot package heading into sales at Cannes Market. Reiner, McKean, Shearer, and Guest will be collaborating on the screenplay to make the sequel as authentic as possible. Frank Marshall is also on board to produce with executive producers including Matthew George, Jonathan Fuhrman, and Hernan Narea on behalf of Castle Rock. Reiner also teased that the sequel is finally happening at the “right idea” came along.

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“The plan is to do a sequel that comes out on the 40th anniversary of the original film and I can tell you hardly a day goes by without someone saying, why don’t you do another one? For so many years, we said, ‘nah.’ It wasn’t until we came up with the right idea how to do this. You don’t want to just do it, to do it. You want to honor the first one and push it a little further with the story.”

The filmmaker also revealed some details on the premise that will make up the story of Spinal Tap II.

“They’ve played Albert Hall, played Wembley Stadium, all over the country and in Europe. They haven’t spent any time together recently, and that became the premise. The idea was that Ian Faith, who was their manager, he passed away. In reality, Tony Hendra passed away. Ian’s widow inherited a contract that said Spinal Tap owed them one more concert. She was basically going to sue them if they didn’t. All these years and a lot of bad blood we’ll get into and they’re thrown back together and forced to deal with each other and play this concert.”

Rob Reiner Teases His Return in Spinal Tap II

Reiner is also excited to put his actor’s cap back on as well. He will reprise his role as Marty DiBergi, the filmmaker who documented the band in the original mockumentary. Reiner explains that Marty gets involved with the aging band members again as a way to make up for the first documentary he’d made about them, which they apparently didn’t like.

“I’m back playing Marty DiBergi. The band was upset with the first film. They thought I did a hatchet job and this is a chance to redeem myself. I am such a big fan and I felt bad they didn’t like what they saw in the first film. When I heard they might get back together, I was a visiting adjunct teacher’s helper at the Ed Wood School of Cinematic Arts. I drop everything to document this final concert.”

Spinal Tap II has been scheduled to release on March 19, 2024.

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