“This Is Spinal Tap” Sequel In the Works

Derek Smalls

It’s time to crank it back up to 11 because a sequel to 1984’s This Is Spinal Tap is in the works. Details are still slim, but it’s been announced that director Rob Reiner will be returning as well as actors Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer, who portrayed Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls in the original. (The actor and bassist released a solo album as Smalls in 2018.)

In an interview with Deadline, Reiner explains he’s reprising his role as Marty DiBergi, who will be trying to redeem himself after the band didn’t like the first documentary. “They’ve played Albert Hall, played Wembley Stadium, all over the country and in Europe,” said Reiner. “They haven’t spent any time together recently, and that became the premise. The idea was that Ian Faith, who was their manager, he passed away. In reality, Tony Hendra passed away. Ian’s widow inherited a contract that said Spinal Tap owed them one more concert. She was basically going to sue them if they didn’t. All these years and a lot of bad blood we’ll get into and they’re thrown back together and forced to deal with each other and play this concert.”

The film is projected to be released in 2024 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the original film. Until then, we have plenty of time to practice “Big Bottom.”

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