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The 'Spinal Tap' Sequel Is Actually Happening

By Andrew Sanford | Film | March 12, 2024 |

By Andrew Sanford | Film | March 12, 2024 |


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We are living in the age of “long-awaited sequels.” And I do mean long. It feels like every other day, some decades-old property is getting a sequel with one or two original cast members and a few fresh faces to fill out the ranks (and churn out more sequels). The results often vary. If the filmmakers can at least please the fans of the original films, they’re in the clear (though that does not necessarily denote quality). It doesn’t help that the ideas don’t often feel like sure bets. This newest one does.

Forty years after the release of This Is Spinal Tap, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, and Rob Reiner are getting back together for a sequel, and it’s already started production in New Orleans! The group developed the idea for the sequel together. The film will find Spinal Tap, 15 years into a hiatus, returning for one last big show. In addition to the returning cast members, cameos from Elton John, Paul McCartney, Questlove, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood have been lined up as well.

When discussing the film with Deadline, Reiner gave a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek statement. “I recently spoke to Marty DiBergi who said that he was more than happy to take a sabbatical from his position as a visiting Professor’s Assistant at the Ed Wood School of Cinematic Arts to once again document Spinal Tap to ensure their place in the pantheon of Rock and Roll.”

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about this movie. This Is Spinal Tap has a legacy unlike other films of its kind. The actors/band members have gone on numerous tours over the decades. The phrase “turn it up to 11” extends to people who haven’t seen the film. Seeing the band react to things like Spotify or Ticketmaster pricing is too enticing to pass up. Also, who doesn’t want to see another drummer explode?