Spinal Tap have returned to the studio 38 years after seeing their touring adventures. This is Spinal Tap is a remake of the cult classic Spinal Tap, featuring original actors.
According to Deadline, the iconic rock mockumentary will be titled Spinal Tap II and see Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally) acting and returning as filmmaker Marty DiBergi. David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) and Nigel Tufnel will join the cast.
It''ll be fun to see what happened to the three members who wrote alongside Reiner rock classics such as Smell the Glove, Hell Hole, Big Bottom, and Lick My Love Pump after playing their last live show at Wembley in 2009.
The announcement took place at the Cannes Film Festival as it was revealed that the original would be displayed on the beach as part of the Cinema de la Plage sidebar on Wednesday, May 18.
Reiner talked to Deadline about his desire for a sequel: "The goal is to do a sequel that will be released on the 40th anniversary of the original film."
"I can tell you hardly a day goes by without a saying, "Why don''t you do another one?" So many years ago, we said, "nah." Not until we discovered the right way to proceed. You don''t want to just do it, you want to make it even better, but to honor the first one and push it even further with the story."
Reiner explains how the idea for the story came to be true because "they haven''t spent any time together recently" after playing at The Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium, across the United States and Europe.
"Ian''s widow inherited a contract that said Spinal Tap would pay for them another concert. It''s 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 then forced to deal with each other and perform this concert."
What is the purpose behind his return? "The band was dissatisfied with the first film. They thought I did a hatchet job, and this is a chance to redeem myself. I am such a big fan, and I felt that they didn''t like what they saw in the first film," says Reiner.
"When I heard of them returning, I was a visiting adjunct teacher''s helper at the Ed Wood School of Cinematic Arts. I drop everything to record this final concert."
Spinal Tap II is scheduled to be released on March 19, 2024.