Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money (Johnsonverse)
Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money is an upcoming 2022 American satirical comic science fiction film co-written, co-produced and directed by Mel Brooks. A followup to Spaceballs (1987), it is expected to star Brooks, Bill Pullman, Rick Moranis, Daphne Zuniga, and George Wyner reprising their roles, alongside Will Sasso, Vanessa Hudgens, Joey King, Joel Edgerton, Kristen Schaal, Seth MacFarlane, Patton Oswalt, Joan Cusack. Kelly McCreary, and the voice of Melissa Rivers. In addition to Brooks in a supporting role, this film is also expected to feature Brooks regular Rudy De Luca in a supporting role as well. The title is taken from a line in the original Spaceballs film in which the character Yogurt teases a sequel with that name.
The film was first announced in 2015 and production officially commenced in 2018. Brooks had publicly expressed interest in doing a sequel to the original Spaceballs film after the release of The Force Awakens. It will be released on June 24, 2022, exactly thirty-five years to the day the original film was released, and like the original film, is planned to be a parody of science fiction, mostly the Star Wars sequel trilogy and Star Trek. It will also be the first film directed by Brooks in general since 1995's Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
Thirty-five years after the original Planet Spaceball's defeat in its attempt to steal the air of Druidia, a young mechanic living on a desert planet teams up with a Druish spy and a pilot to defeat the Spaceballs, with the help of some old friends and her new mentor Yogurt. Meanwhile, the current Planet Spaceball hopes to counter this with Dark Helmet's daughter and new apprentice, who also happens to be his biggest fangirl.
Cast (tentative list)
- Mel Brooks as President Nevlim Skroob and Yogurt
- Years after the events of The Animated Series, Skroob is still the President of Planet Spaceball. He is still bumbling and corrupt. It is rumored that Brooks will only voice Yogurt this time around, with a different actor replacing him physically; Brooks' face would be CG'd on in post.
- Bill Pullman as Lone Starr
- Lone Starr became the King of Druidia after Roland's death (due to the death of his actor, Dick Van Patten). He is said to be the mentor character to the new heroes.
- Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet
- Helmet is now the father and master of his daughter (he was married briefly and retained custody of his daughter). He's still a wimp, however, and also owns an entire collection of Spaceballs merchandise, including DVDs and Blu-rays of The Animated Series, a copy of the film's soundtrack, and all the various home video releases of the original film, along with two copies of the 1990 film adaptation of the book Martians Go Home (one in English, and one in Italian; this is as a jab at the film being marketed as Balle Spaziali 2 - La Vendetta in Italy despite having nothing to do with Spaceballs), a collection of merchandise including, but not limited to, action figures, video games, T-shirts, trading cards, lunchboxes, coloring books, dolls, Halloween costumes, plates, cereal boxes, mugs, masks, toilet paper, movie posters, flamethrowers, placemats, novels, and even actual props from the original film. He also has a Spaceballs: The Alarm Clock next to his Spaceballs: The Bed, and a Spaceballs: The Rug, and even Spaceballs-branded wallpaper, light switch, carpet, and doors.
- Daphne Zuniga as Queen Vespa
- Vespa became the Queen of Druidia. She is a
- George Wyner as Colonel Sandurz
- Sandurz is still Colonel of Planet Spaceball (Helmet's second-in-command). He
- Will Sasso as Barf
- Barf is still Lone Starr's companion. The change in actor is explained by Brooks himself as Barf getting a skin graft after being burned by a kid playing with Spaceballs: The Flamethrower.
- Chloe Johnson as Dot Matrix
- Melissa Rivers as the voice of Dot Matrix
- Dot is still Vespa's robot maid.
- Melissa Rivers as the voice of Dot Matrix
- Joan Cusack as Pasta the Hutt
- Pasta is still the Donna of the Hutt Crime Family.
- Rudy De Luca as Vinnie
- Vinnie is the
- Michael Winslow as Radar Technician
- He is still
- Jim J. Bullock as Prince Valium
- Valium, after having almost married Vespa,
- Vanessa Hudgens as Dark Helmet's daughter
- Tim called the character "fun to write for because it opened up so many possibilities". She is rumored to be a parody of Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma.
- Joey King
- Brooks called King "a great actress who could gain sympathy from audiences". King's character is rumored to be a parody of Rey Skywalker.
- Joel Edgerton
- Edgerton, who had portrayed Owen Lars in the Star Wars prequels Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, was cast by Tim as he wanted an actor who could "unite the two franchises". His character is rumored to be a parody of Poe Dameron and Finn Celshun; Edgerton had previously auditioned for the former in The Force Awakens.
- Kristen Schaal
- Schaal's character is rumored to be a parody of Rose Tico from Duel of the Fates.
- Seth MacFarlane
- MacFarlane's character is rumored to be a parody of Snoke.
- Patton Oswalt
- Oswalt's character is rumored to be a parody of General Hux.
- Kelly McCreary
- McCreary's character is rumored to be a parody of Amilyn Holdo from The Last Jedi and Duel of the Fates.
In 2013, Moranis revealed that a few years after the movie’s release, he and Brooks discussed a sequel titled Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II. However, the two were never able to agree on a deal.
In February 2015, Brooks publicly expressed interest in a sequel. With the release of The Force Awakens later that year, Brooks figured it would be the perfect time to make a second film, though there were obstacles, such as getting the then-retired Rick Moranis to reprise his role as Dark Helmet, as Brooks refused to make the movie without him, and having to sign a deal with Disney to spoof Star Wars a second time, as Brooks sought approval from George Lucas to make the original.
In February 2016, mass numbers of teaser posters for the sequel appeared in New York City. However, this turned out to be a publicity stunt from the artist.
In May 2017, Brooks, while hosting a screening of Young Frankenstein, was asked by an audience member if the sequel would ever come true. He responded that, with the success of The Force Awakens and Rogue One, and new films on the horizon such as The Last Jedi and Fett, the series exploded in popularity again. Brooks also revealed that MGM and Johnson Studios expressed interest in a sequel, further revealing that discussions were in place concerning a third Spaceballs film, which was confirmed for a 2027 release.
In a joint press conference held on September 1, 2018, Brooks, Johnson, and Goldberg, along with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's COO Chris Brearton, officially announced production on a Spaceballs sequel. Fan response was unanimously positive, which slowed various social media servers to a crawl.
Principal photography commenced in September 2020, taking place at the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, California. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, precautions were taken on-set. Location shoots will take place in mid-2021 depending on COVID-19 restrictions, and are rumored to take place in Tunisia, Hawaii, and England.
The special effects, like the original film, will be done at Industrial Light & Magic. For the character Barf, John Candy's face will be CG'd on. Much of the effects used will be models, go-motion, puppetry, animatronics, and pyrotechnics.
The soundtrack will be composed by Hummie Mann, replacing the late John Morris, and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Mann has previously collaborated with Brooks in films such as Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
The film's novelization, like the original film, is slated to be written by R.L. Stine (under the pen name Jovial Bob Stine) from Brooks, Johnson, and Goldberg's screenplay.
The soundtrack is slated to be released on the same day as the movie.