Mel Brooks Working on Another Movie at 98 Years Old

Mel Brooks poses for a portrait during the 2024 Peabody Awards at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on June 09, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California
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Mel Brooks certainly has enough accomplishments that he could have retired many years ago. He is now 98 years old (his birthday is June 28!) and is still busy with several projects in the works including something very exciting for his longtime fans: a sequel to his 1987 film Spaceballs!

We recently reported that Brooks is working with actor Josh Gad on the sequel. Gad has gushed over working with Brooks on the project and shared a very special message for him on his birthday. He wrote, alongside a photo of the collaborators of Spaceballs 2, “Happy 98th birthday to my idol, my friend and my creative partner. I love you more than words Mel. You my friend are the King and man does it still show 98 years in, ‘it’s good to be the King.’ 👑 Love you.”

Not only is Brooks still working but he is still receiving awards for his career. He received a career achievement award at the 84th annual Peabody Awards on June 9, 2024, and was joking around in his acceptance speech, adding that he wasn’t even sure what the Peabody Awards were before the event.

Mel Brooks (R) accepts the Career Achievement Award from Billy Crystal onstage during the 2024 Peabody Awards at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on June 09, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California

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He said, “I said, ‘No s—?’ I thought, ‘Well, maybe it was for being the best looking guy in show business.’ This is a great honor and it has been won by a distinguished group of esteemed, well-worth winning this award and I feel a little, I don’t know. You really want me to be part of this? These are people that go to good restaurants.”

Spaceballs Mel Brooks, 1987

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In addition to Spaceballs 2, IMDb says that he has two other films in the works (acting or voice work). Just last year, he produced, co-wrote and narrated the series History of the World: Part II, which was an extension of his 1981 film History of the World: Part I. It seems he isn’t ready to stop working on his own classics.

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