Rock music fans will be delighted by news about the classic movie This Is Spinal Tap. Writer and director Rob Reiner revealed last year that there will be a sequel. Reiner as Planet Rock explains, was featured on a UK podcast, RHLSTP with Richard Herring, this week and shared more news and the start of a timeline.
When Reiner talked with Deadline in May 2022 the plan was to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1984 hit movie with a sequel. Well, the plan is well underway though it would seem to be ambitious to expect a release in 2024. Reiner confirmed to his UK podcast host Herring that shooting is due to start in February next year.
He was also able to confirm that most of the band characters will return and there will be appearances by some top rock stars too. Yes, the band is definitely getting back together again with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer all ready to play their parts. The drummer for the band is an ill-fated role though. Actor Ric Parnell who played Mick Shrimpton in the movie, then his twin brother in follow-ups, passed away himself in May 2022.
Spinal Tap are back for one more gig
With the story of the band forced to reform after many years to pay a contractual debt owed to their late manager's widow, the scene is set for more classic rock spoofing. Reiner also spoke of returning in his own part as Martin "Marty" Di Bergi in the sequel. With Reiner in that documentarian role again it suggests the previous mockumentary style will continue.
There’s a promise of plenty of surprises to come in the movie but Reiner has given some of that away already. He’s confirmed there will be appearances by Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Gary Brooks in the sequel. If anyone was needed to play an over-the-top diva-style rockstar, then Elton could be that person, we’ll just have to wait and see. Let’s get ready to turn it up to 11 and watch the movie when it does come out.