The iconic rock mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap” is set to begin filming early next year
The sequel to the iconic mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap” is set to hit screens, bringing back the humor, chaos, and legendary characters that defined the cult classic. Directed and written by Rob Reiner, the sequel is scheduled to start filming in February 2024, with the original trio of Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer reprising their roles as Nigel Tufnel, David St Hubbins, and Derek Smalls, respectively.
Rob Reiner, who will once again play the role of the documentarian Martin “Marty” Di Bergi, shared the exciting news during an appearance on the “RHLSTP With Richard Herring” podcast, saying, “We’re making a sequel. We’re going to start shooting in the end of February, and everybody is back.” Fans can rejoice as the reunion promises to capture the essence of the original with its unique blend of satire and musical hilarity.
Adding a touch of rock royalty to the sequel, Reiner revealed that music legends Paul McCartney, Elton John, Garth Brooks, and “a few other surprises” are set to make cameo appearances. The prospect of these iconic figures joining the SPINAL TAP universe adds an extra layer of anticipation for fans eager to see how these musical titans will interact with the fictional band’s absurdities.
“This Is Spinal Tap” left an indelible mark on cinema when it was first released 38 years ago. Produced independently on a modest budget of $2.25 million, the film pioneered the mockumentary genre, inspiring countless filmmakers. Its phrases, including “none more black” and “it goes to 11,” have become part of the cultural lexicon. The film’s reputation as one of the 20th Century’s most enduring comedies has only grown, earning accolades and securing a place on numerous “best ever” lists.
The U.S. Library of Congress recognized the film’s cultural significance in 2002, cementing its place as a historically and aesthetically important piece of cinema. “This Is Spinal Tap” has continued to resonate with audiences, standing the test of time and remaining a cornerstone in the world of satirical comedy.
While the film was released in 1984, the fictional band SPINAL TAP was created in the late 1970s. The characters Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins, and Derek Smalls, portrayed by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer respectively, became iconic symbols of comedic rock excess. SPINAL TAP‘s hilarious journey as “one of England’s loudest bands” extended beyond the screen, with the creators performing as their beloved personas and even releasing a full-length album featuring songs from the film.
As the “This Is Spinal Tap” sequel gears up for production, fans eagerly await the return of the legendary trio and the comedic brilliance that made the original a timeless classic. With rock legends making special appearances, the sequel promises to be a star-studded, laugh-out-loud journey into the absurd world of SPINAL TAP. Get ready for more amplifiers that go to 11, drummers facing perilous accidents, and a musical adventure that transcends generations.