“This Is Spinal Tap” Sequel In The Works

According to Deadline, a “This Is Spinal Tap” sequel is currently in the works. The film is being directed by Rob Reiner and it will find Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer reprising their roles as Nigel Tufnel, David St Hubbins, and Derek Smalls.

Reiner commented:

“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.”

He also added the following about the film’s premise:

“They’ve played Albert Hall, played Wembley Stadium, all over the country and in Europe. They haven’t spent any time together recently. 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.”

Reiner also confirmed that he will be returning as Marty DiBergi:

“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.”

This news comes after the Cannes Film Festival recently announced that the original film will be screened on a beach as part of the Cinema de la Plage sidebar on May 18. It also follows the death of Spinal Tap drummer Ric Parnell.

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