This Is Spinal Tap Sequel Announced, Original Director and Cast Return – IGN
Castle Rock Entertainment has announced a sequel to This Is Spinal Tap, the critically-acclaimed and much-adored 1984 mockumentary that’s regularly regarded as one of the greatest comedy films ever made (and was awarded the extremely prestigious 11 out of 10 on IGN).
Original director Rob Reiner (A Few Good Men, The Princess Bride) will return to steer the sequel and play documentarian Marty DiBergi as he once again checks in with England’s loudest and most punctual metal band. Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean will also make their respective returns to the tight trousers of band members Derek Smalls, Nigel Tufnel, and David St. Hubbins (named after the patron saint of quality footwear).
“When it was announced that Spinal Tap would reunite for one final concert, Marty DeBergi saw this as a chance to make things right with the band who viewed This is Spinal Tap as a hatchet job,” said Reiner alongside the announcement, providing the first context for the premise of the follow-up. “So he left his position as visiting adjunct teacher’s assistant at the Ed Wood School of Cinematic Arts in pursuit of film history.”
The sequel is set to arrive in early 2024 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the original, and special guest performers will be announced at a later date. There’s no confirmation of who Spinal Tap’s current drummer is, but keep in mind dozens of people spontaneously combust each year; it’s just not really widely reported.
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