‘This is Spinal Tap’ Getting 40-Year Anniversary Sequel

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They’re turning it back up to 11! The original team behind the most beloved rock mockumentary of all-time, This Is Spinal Tap, is finally getting a sequel, with original stars Michael McKean (as David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel), and Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls) all onboard.

The film, to be titled Spinal Tap II, which will revolve around the faux-hard rock band planning one final concert, is set to premiere on March 19, 2024, just a couple of weeks after the 40th anniversary of the original film’s debut.

Rob Reiner, who directed This Is Spinal Tap, will also be back on the team, set to direct the reboot. He will also act in the film as filmmaker Marty DiBergi, the role he played in the original

Related: Guest, Shearer and McKean reunited in 2019 for a special 35th anniversary performance

“I can tell you hardly a day goes by without someone saying, why don’t you do another one?” Reiner told Deadline. “For so many years, we said, ‘nah.’ It wasn’t until we came up with the right idea how to do this. You don’t want to just do it, to do it. You want to honor the first one and push it a little further with the story.”

Reiner continued: “They’ve played Albert Hall, played Wembley Stadium, all over the country and in Europe. They haven’t spent any time together recently, and that became the premise. The idea was that Ian Faith, who was their manager, he passed away. In reality, Tony Hendra passed away. Ian’s widow inherited a contract that said Spinal Tap owed them one more concert. She was basically going to sue them if they didn’t. All these years and a lot of bad blood we’ll get into and they’re thrown back together and forced to deal with each other and play this concert.”

Related: Tony Hendra, who played Spinal Tap’s manager, died in 2021

Watch the classic “Hello Cleveland” scene. “Go straight ahead… turn right at the next two corners…”

In 2002, the film’s lasting appeal led the U.S. Library of Congress to designate it as a culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant film.

The original film was produced on a shoestring budget of $2.25 million.

Watch the famous Stonehenge scene from This Is Spinal Tap

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  1. Baybluesman
    #1 Baybluesman 14 May, 2022, 00:28

    Loved, and could relate to, the original Tap film.

    Looking forward to the return of Spinal Tap, and turning my home theater amp up to 11 once again

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