Mel Brooks Producing ‘Spaceballs’ Sequel Starring Josh Gad

Spaceballs, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Mel Brooks, 1987,
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Over 35 years since the original film was released, a sequel for Spaceballs is finally on its way! Mel Brooks, who was responsible for the first film, will be producing the sequel. Josh Gad is set to star and wrote the screenplay with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. While the plot is being kept a secret for now, we do know that Amazon MGM Studios will be developing the movie. Samit and Hernandez have already written some kid-centric movies including Pokemon Detective Pikachu, Addams Family 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.

The sequel likely follows the events of Spaceballs, which starred Bill Pullman, John Candy, Daphne Zuniga, Rick Moranis and Brooks. It served as a parody of Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien and other popular sci-fi franchises. Brooks created many beloved goofball comedies including Blazing Saddles, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Young Frankenstein.

Spaceballs John Candy, Daphne Zuniga, Lorene Yarnell, Bill Pullman, 1987

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Meanwhile, Gad has starred in some big films including Beauty and the Beast and Frozen, as well as starred on Broadway and is set to make his directorial debut with a Chris Farley biopic. He shared his excitement about making the movie with Brooks on social media after it was announced.

He wrote, “My phone has never exploded as hard as it did today. We are very excited! Early days still, but working with the legendary Mel freaking Brooks to make something worthy of this franchise and his legacy has been a dream come true. @benjisamit @cubanmissiledh @josh.greenbaum @kevinsalter1 and I worship at the alter of all things Brooks and we are doing everything in our power alongside Mel to make sure you get what you’ve waited 37 long years for. EVERYTHING 🚀 #maytheschwartzbewithyou”

Wish I Was Here Josh Gad, 2014

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This isn’t the first time that a Spaceballs sequel has been discussed. In 2013, Moranis revealed that he wanted to make a sequel and explained, “My idea for it was ‘Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II.’ And I was unable to make a deal with Mel. I couldn’t make a deal.” We can’t wait to learn more about the casting and plot of Spaceballs 2! Let us know if you’re excited about a sequel or wish they would stop making sequels and remakes.

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