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This Is Spinal Tap Sequel Announced, Cast & Director To Return

May 12, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
This Is Spinal Tap Michael McKean Image Credit: Embassy Pictures

Get out your mini-Stonehenges and turn things up to 11, because This Is Spinal Tap is getting a sequel. Castle Rock Entertainment has announced that they are producing a sequel to the iconic 1984 documentary with Rob Reiner back to direct and Reiner, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest reprising their roles in the film.

Reiner will be back in front of the camera as filmmaker Marty DiBergi, who is making a sequel to his film-within-a-film. McKean, Shearer, and Guest will once again play David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls, and Nigel Tufnel, described in the press release as “the nucleus of England’s loudest and most punctual heavy metal band.”

In addition, Castle Rock will screen the original film at the Cannes Film Festival as a part of the Cinema de la Plage sidebar next Wednesday

“When it was announced that Spinal Tap would reunite for one final concert, Marty DeBergi saw this as a chance to make things right with the band who viewed This is Spinal Tap as a hatchet job,” said Reiner. “So he left his position as visiting adjunct teacher’s assistant at the Ed Wood School of Cinematic Arts in pursuit of film history.”

The new film will be “conceived” by Guest, McKean, Reiner, and Shearer. Frank Marshall will produce and Castle Rock will finance with Matthew George, Jonathan Fuhrman, and Hernan Narea serving as executive producers on Castle Rock’s behalf.

The original film was released in 1984 and was added to the National Film Registry in 2002 for being “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.”