Mel Brooks may finally get around to making the fabled Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money, but only if Dark Helmet actor Rick Moranis is on board.
The legendary director and actor said as much during an appearance on Adam Corolla's Take a Knee podcast, where he discussed potential projects, including a sequel the 1987 Star Wars parody:
Maybe I could do another musical, maybe I could do another movie. I was thinking about Spaceballs the other day. In Spaceballs, in the movie, Bill Pullman says to me, Yogurt, just plain Yogurt, he says ‘Do you think we'll ever meet again?’ and I say ‘Well, I don't know … maybe in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.’ And I'm thinking now, if I did a movie that came out right after Star Wars comes out — maybe a couple of months later — I'd have a big weekend, you know? No matter what, even if it fell on its ass and didn't get its money back…but that first weekend, the anticipation of seeing Spaceballs 2, would … I still have Daphne Zuniga and I still have Rick Moranis, if he'd do it, and I've still got me.”
Considering Star Wars: The Force Awakens is scheduled to arrive Dec. 18, Brooks would have to aim for a release that coincides with Episode VIII. He'd also have to deal with the voids left by deceased Spaceballs cast members John Candy and Joan Rivers.
The 88-year-0old Brooks added that Spaceballs II completely hinges on whether Moranis gets back under the helmet. "Without Rick, I wouldn't do it," he said. "I've got the helmet in storage, just waiting for him. It'll fit nobody else. Rick is five-five-and-a-half. It's a perfect fit for the big helmet. He was such a genius."
In 2013, Moranis told Heeb Magazine he couldn't come to an agreement with Brooks for Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II. "The deal he presented me, what he wanted me to do, was not workable," Moranis said, offering no details.
Several years ago, Moranis left acting to focus on raising his two kids following the death of his wife from cancer. He also shifted his creative focus to country music, but did note in the Heeb interview that he doesn't consider himself retired from acting, just looking for the right job.
With any luck, that job might be Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money.
(via Latino Review)