It’s time to crank it all the way up to 11, as Spinal Tap is getting a sequel. Deadline has broken the news as Michael McKean, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest are back to revive the classic mockumentary. It’ll be the first project for the newly revived film division Castle Rock Entertainment. Reiner is once again returning in the director’s chair and will play Marty DiBergi once again, as he makes a new mockumentary on McKean‘s David St. Hubbins, Shearer‘s Derek Smalls, and Guest‘s Nigel Tufnel, who are known as England’s sauciest heavy metal band.
In an interview with Deadline, Reiner talked about how their goal is to have the sequel release on the 40th anniversary of the original.
The plan is to do a sequel that comes out on the 40th anniversary of the original film and I can tell you hardly a day goes by without someone saying, why don’t you do another one? 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.Rob Reiner
This announcement is hot off the heels of the original returning to the Cannes Film Festival, as part of the Cinema de la Plage sidebar. The original was a critical darling when it was released in 1984 and would eventually be deemed “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” according to the Library of Congress before it was preserved by the National Film Registry. So, we’ll see if the sequel manages to keep that spirit alive.