Mel Brooks Says 'Spaceballs 2' Is Still Possible

Mel Brooks Says 'Spaceballs 2' Is Still Possible

May 23, 2017


Once upon a time, Mel Brooks was a mighty force in comic cinema. Beginning with The Producers in 1967, he directed a string of very funny movies, reaching an early crescendo with Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, both released in 1974.

The movies that followed -- Silent Movie, High Anxiety and History of the World: Part 1, may have been a step down in consistency and popularity, even though they were still hilarious. In 1987, he faced his toughest challenge yet, making fun of popular sci-fi movies (mostly the original Star Wars trilogy) in Spaceballs.

The intentionally low-budget look and feel of the movie was, of course, part of the joke (watch the clip above), and Brooks was spot-on with much of the humor, which ridiculed the costumes, the portentous dialogue, silly character names (Lone Starr, Princess Vespa, Barf, Dark Helmet, Yogurt) and even the merchandising (watch the clip below).

On its opening weekend, Spaceballs was outpaced at the box office by another satire of a familiar property, Dragnet. The movie was considered only a minor success at the time, but in the years since, its reputation has grown. In response to the growing interest,, for example, Spaceballs: The Animated Series debuted in 2008.

Rick Moranis, who portrayed the evil, Dark Helmet, teased a sequel in 2013. Brooks said in 2015 that the new Star Wars movies prompted him to consider a sequel, Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money. Last year, mysterious posters with that title began appearing in New York City, though that turned out to be a prank.

This past week, though, Brooks spoke after a screening of Young Frankenstein (via SlashFilm) and an audience member rasied the issue of Spaceballs. Brooks said said that MGM is "slightly interested" in a sequel, so he was talking with the studio about that possibility.

Brooks will turn 91 years of age next month and is still very active. Wouldn't it be great to finally see a Spaceballs sequel?


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