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Spinal Tap to Return in Sequel to Iconic 80s Mockumentary

Spinal Tap to Return in Sequel to Iconic 80s Mockumentary

The band is getting back together. Spinal Tap, that is. Director Rob Reiner recently revealed plans to do a sequel to This is Spinal Tap. Reiner dropped the news on Monday’s episode of the RHLSTP with Richard Herring podcast.

“We’re making a sequel,” Reiner told Herring. Not only that but some big-league music acts are set to appear. “We’re gonna start shooting at the end of February. And everybody’s back. And Paul McCartney is joining us, and Elton John, and a few other surprises. Garth Brooks.”

The Spinal Tap Sequel Brings Back the Original Cast

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer will reprise their roles as the members of Spinal Tap, joined by Reiner as the documentarian Martin “Marty” Di Bergi. The sequel will pay homage to Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, the iconic concert film that captured the farewell tour of the Canadian-American rock group The Band. The film’s style will resemble the iconic documentary, immersing viewers in Spinal Tap’s rock ‘n’ roll journey.

Released in 1984, This is Spinal Tap was highly influential. It helped popularize the “mockumentary” format, which paved the way for shows like The Office and Modern Family. It also launched Reiner as a director. He went on to helm classics like Stand by Me, When Harry Met Sally, and The Princess Bride.

The film satirizes rock bands’ behavior and musical pretensions, as well as the tendency of rock documentaries like The Song Remains the Same to be overly reverential. This Is Spinal Tap rocked the critics’ world upon its debut, but sadly only achieved mild commercial success. However, its VHS release turned the volume up to 11, paving the way for a righteous cult following.

‘This is Spinal Tap’ was Recognized by the Library of Congress

In 2002, This Is Spinal Tap was chosen for preservation in the National Film Registry and recognized by the Library of Congress as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” However, the film was mostly improvised.

On the podcast, Reiner revealed the simple secret to making a comedy film via improvisation. “The only thing that matters is that you get people who are good at improvising,” Reiner explained. “You have to get people who feel comfortable doing that … then you’re off to the races.”

This Is Spinal Tap II, was initially set to release on March 19, 2024. However, strikes among writers and actors caused substantial delays in the entire industry. As a result, the film’s updated release date is yet to be announced.