It's one of the greatest spoofs ever made, and with Star Wars enjoying a monster resurgence across all facets of popular culture, now is the time for Mel Brooks to put forth the Spaceballs sequel that was teased all the way back... well, during the first Spaceballs movie: Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.
Recently Brooks has seemed open to the idea, admitting on Adam Corolla's podcast Take a Knee that it makes perfect sense to take advantage of the current Star Wars hype by dropping a Spaceballs sequel in theaters not long after a Star Wars movie.
“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.”
Those comments were made earlier this month, and now these mysterious teaser posters for Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money have appeared in a New York City subway station. Could this be the way Brooks is announcing the sequel?
Well, don't get your hopes up. Based on his comments and the fact that we haven't heard anything more official, this is likely no more than a friendly prank. You'll remember not long ago a couple of New York artists did something similar when they created fake production signs for movie sequels like Annie Hall 2 and Do the Right Thing 2 and posted them all over the city, inciting brief cinephile hysteria.
There's currently no word on whether the duo behind that stunt, Jason Eppink and Mike Lacher, are behind this one, or if a copycat prankster is in the mix, but needless to say the posters look cool (we like the nod to Darth Vader's ruined helmet in The Force Awakens) and definitely fit in line with what you'd expect from the Spaceballs brand. So well done there!
One question does remain, though: would it be worth it? With original castmembers John Candy and Joan Rivers no longer with us, and Rick Moranis not likely to emerge from retirement to play the silly Dark Helmet, would a sequel still be worth it?
What do you think?