'Spinal Tap' Sequel With Original Stars Officially Happening

13 May 2022 | 10:59 am | Dan Cribb

The (fictitious) band is getting back together!

Spinal Tap II is officially in the works, with Rob Reiner returning to direct the mockumentary sequel while its OG cast also makes a comeback.

The follow-up is expected to be released in 2024 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original 1984 film, This Is Spinal Tap.

Returning alongside Reiner, who will also reprise his role as on-screen filmmaker Marty DiBergi, are Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins), Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls) and Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel).

Speaking with Deadline, Reiner noted: “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 honour the first one and push it a little further with the story.”

On the sequel’s story, he added: “I’m back playing Marty DiBergi. The band was upset with the first film. They thought I did a hatchet job and this is a chance to redeem myself. 

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“I am such a big fan and I felt bad they didn’t like what they saw in the first film. When I heard they might get back together, I was a visiting adjunct teacher’s helper at the Ed Wood School of Cinematic Arts. I drop everything to document this final concert.”

The sequel’s confirmation arrives just over a week after the passing of Ric Parnell, aka Spinal Tap drummer Mick Shrimpton, who died at the age of 70.

The news broke via Shearer who Tweeted, "Ric Parnell, our drummer in This Is Spinal Tap, passed away today. No one ever rocked harder."

Spinal Tap II will release March 19, 2024.