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What If? Spaceballs

August 13, 2020

episode 12

what if? spaceballs

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What if this 80’s Mel Brooks’ classic actually got the sequel that’s been rumored about for decades?
The Sully brothers jump to ludicrous speed this week in a very special ‘What If?’ episode for Spaceballs (the movie). In the first ever Movie Retakes / Movie Jungle crossover podcast, we get FOUR out-of-this-world retake pitches. Whose Schwartz will be the strongest?
Check out our ‘Spaceballs’ retakes, then head over & check out our friends at The Movie Jungle for more wacky movie fun.
Also in this episode:
behind the scenes: Parody Parity
the big questions: How many Toms turned down the role of Lone Starr? Who saved Mel money with his mouth? Why don’t we all own Spacebells the Bedsheet?
another giveaway keyword you won’t want to miss.

the franchise

Overview

When the nefarious Dark Helmet hatches a plan to snatch Princess Vespa and steal her planet's air, space-bum-for-hire Lone Starr and his clueless sidekick fly to the rescue. Along the way, they meet Yogurt, who puts Lone Starr wise to the power of "The Schwartz." Can he master it in time to save the day?

Metadata
Director Mel Brooks
Writer Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, Ronny Graham
Release Date 24 June 1987
Aired: 2008 – 2009
Creators: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

the retake

Why was there no Spaceballs sequel?

Much of this is pulled from CBR.com:

 

The first proposed sequel for Spaceballs was called Spaceballs III: The Search for Space Balls II. During a 2013 interview, Rick Moranis spoke about how the sequel was considered in the initial years following the original Spaceballs. “Mel wanted to do a sequel after it became a cult video hit,” Moranis explained. “It wasn’t a box office hit. It was a cult video hit, and MGM wanted to do a sequel. And my idea for it was Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II.” According to Moranis, the plan fell apart due to budget.

 

In the 2008, Spaceballs: The Animated Series aired. The series was produced by Brooks, with much of the original cast returning for the show. However, this did not include key cast members Bill Pullman and Rick Moranis, who turned down offers to return to their original roles, or John Candy, who had since passed away. The series poked fun at everything from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter to Grant Theft Auto and American Idol. However, the series only received lukewarm reviews and was canceled after one season of 13 episodes.

 

Following the smash success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the idea of another Spaceballs started gaining traction again. Brooks publicly discussed wanting to use Spaceballs 2 to poke fun at the revamped Star Wars films and could have still used the long-teased subtitle, “The Search For More Money,” but that was years ago. So much of the cast is gone, and so much time has passed, to continue the story line would require certain changes, but it’s still possible. Mel Brooks said he’d never do another Spaceballs without Rick Moranis, and with Moranis returning to acting in Shrunk, the Schwartz may still be strong for this franchise.

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episode 12

what if? spaceballs

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What if this 80’s Mel Brooks’ classic actually got the sequel that’s been rumored about for decades?
The Sully brothers jump to ludicrous speed this week in a very special ‘What If?’ episode for Spaceballs (the movie). In the first ever Movie Retakes / Movie Jungle crossover podcast, we get FOUR out-of-this-world retake pitches. Whose Schwartz will be the strongest?
Check out our ‘Spaceballs’ retakes, then head over & check out our friends at The Movie Jungle for more wacky movie fun.
Also in this episode:
behind the scenes: Parody Parity
the big questions: How many Toms turned down the role of Lone Starr? Who saved Mel money with his mouth? Why don’t we all own Spacebells the Bedsheet?
another giveaway keyword you won’t want to miss.

the franchise

Aired: 2008 – 2009
Creators: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

the retake

Why was there no Spaceballs sequel?

Much of this is pulled from CBR.com:

 

The first proposed sequel for Spaceballs was called Spaceballs III: The Search for Space Balls II. During a 2013 interview, Rick Moranis spoke about how the sequel was considered in the initial years following the original Spaceballs. “Mel wanted to do a sequel after it became a cult video hit,” Moranis explained. “It wasn’t a box office hit. It was a cult video hit, and MGM wanted to do a sequel. And my idea for it was Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II.” According to Moranis, the plan fell apart due to budget.

 

In the 2008, Spaceballs: The Animated Series aired. The series was produced by Brooks, with much of the original cast returning for the show. However, this did not include key cast members Bill Pullman and Rick Moranis, who turned down offers to return to their original roles, or John Candy, who had since passed away. The series poked fun at everything from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter to Grant Theft Auto and American Idol. However, the series only received lukewarm reviews and was canceled after one season of 13 episodes.

 

Following the smash success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the idea of another Spaceballs started gaining traction again. Brooks publicly discussed wanting to use Spaceballs 2 to poke fun at the revamped Star Wars films and could have still used the long-teased subtitle, “The Search For More Money,” but that was years ago. So much of the cast is gone, and so much time has passed, to continue the story line would require certain changes, but it’s still possible. Mel Brooks said he’d never do another Spaceballs without Rick Moranis, and with Moranis returning to acting in Shrunk, the Schwartz may still be strong for this franchise.

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