Star Wars is back and bigger than ever, which could be good news for fans of sci-fi parodies.
Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released back in 2015, box offices and toy stores have been ruled by the ‘galaxy far far away’, with Disney hauling in an eye-watering amount of cash from their new purchase. But, this isn’t the first time the Star Wars franchise has dominated the entertainment industry. When the saga first debuted back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, it was popular enough to inspire a new wave of science fiction cinema, including the likes of Spaceballs, one of my favorite parody movies of all time.
30 years on, the Mel Brooks comedy is as popular as ever, with legions of sci-fi fans continuing their decades-long calls for a sequel. Unfortunately, Brooks has been reluctant to heed those calls to make a second Spaceballs movie, but it could be that this latest Star Wars’ resurgence might just be enough to make the sequel a reality.
Speaking at a screening of Young Frankenstein, Brooks revealed that discussions are taking place about creating a second Spaceballs movie to riff on the sci-fi genre’s huge revival.
— njpac (@NJPAC) May 21, 2017
Personally, I’d love to see some of the gang return, but I do fear that the parody genre has been somewhat devalued since its heyday of the 80’s. Perhaps a Brooks return could breathe new schwartz into this ailing area of cinema?