SPACEBALLS: Josh Gad To Star In Sequel To Mel Brooks' Beloved '80s STAR WARS Spoof

SPACEBALLS: Josh Gad To Star In Sequel To Mel Brooks' Beloved '80s STAR WARS Spoof

We've been hearing about a potential sequel to Mel Brooks' Spaceballs for many years, and it's now been confirmed that Josh Gad is set to star in a follow-up to the beloved Star Wars spoof...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 19, 2024 11:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars
Source: Via SFF Gazette

“May The Schwartz Be With You.”

We've been hearing rumors of a potential Spaceballs sequel for many years, and it's now been confirmed that a follow-up to Mel Brooks' '80s Star Wars spoof is officially in the works.

The movie is in development at Amazon MGM Studios, with Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Wolf Like Me) set to star and produce alongside Brooks. Josh Greenbaum will direct the film from a screenplay by Benji Samit, Dan Hernandez, and Gad.

Plot details are still under wraps, but the original movie was a full-on farce, following the general plot of Star Wars: A New Hope while also making fun of other space-set or sci-fi properties such as Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes and Alien.

Spaceballs starred Bill Pullman as Lone Star, the late John Candy as Barf, Daphne Zuniga as Princess Vespa, Rick Moranis as Lord Dark Helmet, and Brooks in a dual role as President Skroob and Yogurt.

We have no idea if any of these actors will reprise their respective roles or who Gad is set to play.

Moranis revealed that he pitched a sequel to Brooks back in 2013 with the proposed title Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II. Nothing ever came of it, but in 2015, Brooks said that he would be interested in releasing a new movie after the next Star Wars film and hoped that Moranis would reprise his role. The legendary filmmaker said he'd like this version of the movie to be called Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.

Spaceballs received mixed reviews upon release (it sits at 52% on Rotten Tomatoes), but it has developed a loyal following over the years

Gad responded to the news via an Instagram post shortly after the story broke.

"My phone has never exploded as hard as it did today. We are very excited! Early days still, but working with the legendary Mel freaking Brooks to make something worthy of this franchise and his legacy has been a dream come true. @benjisamit @cubanmissiledh @josh.greenbaum @kevinsalter1 and I worship at the alter of all things Brooks and we are doing everything in our power alongside Mel to make sure you get what you’ve waited 37 long years for. EVERYTHING."

"In a distant galaxy, planet Spaceball has depleted its air supply, leaving its citizens reliant on a product called "Perri-Air." In desperation, Spaceball's leader President Skroob (Mel Brooks) orders the evil Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) to kidnap Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) of oxygen-rich Druidia and hold her hostage in exchange for air. But help arrives for the Princess in the form of renegade space pilot Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half-man, half-dog partner, Barf (John Candy)."

Are you looking forward to a new Spaceballs movie?

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HermanM
HermanM - 6/19/2024, 11:06 PM
Even Josh Gad is a big step down from Mel Brooks, despite Brooks' own decline in quality of work.
Malatrova15
Malatrova15 - 6/19/2024, 11:06 PM
Here before Josh anonuncig this will be a JONATHAN MAJORS joint
DarthAlgar
DarthAlgar - 6/20/2024, 2:11 AM
@Malatrova15 - Nobody wants that woman beater.
Malatrova15
Malatrova15 - 6/20/2024, 10:35 AM
@DarthAlgar - olease make civility your priority
tylerzero
tylerzero - 6/19/2024, 11:09 PM
This is such bullsh...

"The legendary filmmaker said he'd like this version of the movie to be called Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money."

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CaptainFlapjaks
CaptainFlapjaks - 6/20/2024, 12:06 AM
@tylerzero - only if they hand out a flamethrower at screenings
WarMonkey
WarMonkey - 6/20/2024, 6:55 AM
@tylerzero - Did he say that recently? Or is that just from his character in the movie saying that, and then being reported as a recent quote?
tylerzero
tylerzero - 6/20/2024, 9:45 AM
@WarMonkey -

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lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 6/20/2024, 10:56 AM
@tylerzero - A sequel like this is pointless. Spaceballs is a film that needs to be stand-alone.
harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 6/19/2024, 11:12 PM
me no want.
supermanrex
supermanrex - 6/20/2024, 9:22 AM
@harryba11zack - and
harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 6/20/2024, 9:32 AM
@supermanrex - and me no want.
bobevanz
bobevanz - 6/19/2024, 11:14 PM
Kadara
Kadara - 6/19/2024, 11:15 PM
Could be good, I'll allow it.
IAmAHoot
IAmAHoot - 6/19/2024, 11:18 PM
Josh Gad is a big no for me.
McMurdo
McMurdo - 6/19/2024, 11:54 PM
@IAmAHoot - are you calling him fat?
IAmAHoot
IAmAHoot - 6/20/2024, 12:14 AM
@McMurdo - No...

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defenderofthefaith
defenderofthefaith - 6/19/2024, 11:20 PM
If it’s a sequel does that mean Bill Pullman and Daphne Zuniga are going to return? I hope so.
CasualFanatic
CasualFanatic - 6/19/2024, 11:28 PM
Brooks’ title is what was promised in the original, but I think Moranis’ title is way funnier. Gad’s work doesn’t annoy me , but his acting doesn’t tell me anything about the quality of the script. For comparison, I love Nick Kroll’s work on Big Mouth and Human Resources but History of the World Part 2 had Mel’s blessing and wasn’t that funny. So maybe we’re doomed to never recapture the Brooks magic, but I’ll probably see it in hopes that I’m wrong.
Slotherin
Slotherin - 6/20/2024, 11:36 AM
@CasualFanatic - I did like Gad in Little Monsters. He was funny and aptly unlikable
Slotherin
Slotherin - 6/20/2024, 11:37 AM
@CasualFanatic - I'm a fan of Moranis' title as well!
BlackStar25
BlackStar25 - 6/19/2024, 11:29 PM
No way this is good right? They have the material but...there is no why they can land it....right?
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