Is Spaceballs 2 finally happening? Fans are asking that question in earnest today, as posters for the sequel mysterious appeared in New York. Last year, original director Mel Brooks teased that he was actually moving forward on a Spaceballs sequel to capture some of the hype surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And he even had a title, Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money. Here's what he had to say about a follow-up to his 1987 classic Spaceballs.
"If I did a movie that came out right after Star Wars comes out - maybe a couple of months later - I'd have a big weekend, you know? No matter what, even if it fell on its ass and didn't get its money back...but that first weekend, the anticipation of seeing Spaceballs 2, would...I still have Daphne Zuniga and I still have Rick Moranis if he'd do it, and I've still got me."
These Spaceballs 2 posters, which utilize the title suggested by Mel Brooks, appeared in a New York City subway. This is an isolated appearance. And no one has come forward yet to claim the work as their own. So, what does it mean? Is this a prank by some enterprising artist? Did the sequel really fly that far under the radar? Is this how the comedy is being announced. Or is MGM gauging fan interest in a way similar to what Deadpool did with its leaked footage?
This New York Subway tunnel is the only place where these posters have shown up. And as you can see, they are taped to that wall rather hastily. If this was something that was actually happening, we might expect to see more posters in other places around the country, especially in Los Angeles. That hasn't happened yet, but we'll certainly let you know if it does.
As you can see, the Spaceballs 2 poster spoofs Darth Vader's melted helmet, as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And the sequel is ripe for parody. But it might be hard to get the original cast back together. John Candy, Dick Van Patten and Joan Rivers have all since passed away, and Rick Moranis, while not retired as many think, is being rather choosey about his comeback vehicle, already refusing to appear in the Ghostbusters reboot. Mel Brooks could return as Yogurt, but Yoda isn't in Star Wars: The Force Awakens at all, so where is the spoof there? Bill Pullman and Daphne Zuniga could certainly return. But will Spaceballs 2 have the 'balls' to kill off Lone Starr? We'll have to wait and see how this all pans out. What do you think? Do you want to see Spaceballs 2? Or is this one parody sequel that should never happen?