"We are very excited” - Josh Gad announces Spaceballs sequel with comedy legend Mel Brooks

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Mel Brooks will be producing the Spaceballs sequel (Image via Getty/Emma McIntyre )

Josh Gad, who voiced Olaf for the Frozen Franchise, recently posted on his official Instagram handle and confirmed to his fans and followers that a Spaceballs (1987) sequel is in development. Gad will star in it and produce the project alongside Young Frankenstein's Mel Brooks.

He broke the news on his Instagram handle and posted:

"My phone has never exploded as hard as it did today. We are very excited! Early days still, but working with the legendary Mel freaking Brooks to make something worthy of this franchise and his legacy has been a dream come true..."

The original Spaceballs film was directed and produced by Mel Brooks. It was released on June 24, 1987, by MGM Studios. Against a budget of $22.7 million, the film collected $38.1 million as per IMDb. The movie starred Mel Brooks, John Candy, and Rick Moranis, among many others. Spaceballs (1987) holds an IMDb rating of 7.1/10 and a 46% Metacritic rating.

Everything we know so far about the Spaceballs sequel featuring Mel Brooks

Popular film critic Jeff Sneider first broke the news of this upcoming sequel on his official X (formerly Twitter) account. He revealed that Amazon MGM Studio was working on it.

Josh Gad also shared Sneider's post on his Instagram and expressed his excitement about the sequel.

The upcoming film will be directed by Josh Greenbaum, an Emmy Award-winning director. Kevin Salter will produce alongside Josh Gad and Mel Brooks. The movie script will be written by writer-producer duo Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit, well known for writing the fantasy film Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019).

The sequel is still in its early stages of development, so there is no news about the plot and additional cast. No filming dates have been set, and Amazon has yet to confirm a release date.

What was Spaceballs all about?

The 1987 space opera was a major parody of the original Star Wars trilogy. The plot involved a star pilot for hire named Mercenary Lone Starr, who, along with his sidekick, went on a mission to save Princess Vespa from the evil forces.

Mel Brooks, Bill Pullman, and Rick Moranis in a single frame (Image via Metro Goldwyn Mayer)
Mel Brooks, Bill Pullman, and Rick Moranis in a single frame (Image via Metro Goldwyn Mayer)

The official synopsis of the film reads:

"In a distant galaxy, planet... has depleted its air supply, leaving its citizens reliant on a product called "Perri-Air." In desperation, Spaceball's leader President Skroob (Mel Brooks) orders the evil Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) to kidnap Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) of oxygen-rich Druidia and hold her hostage in exchange for air."

It continues:

"But help arrives for the Princess in the form of renegade space pilot Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half-man, half-dog partner, Barf (John Candy)."

The film starred Mel Brooks as President Skroob, John Candy as Barf, Daphne Zuniga as Princess Vespa, Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet, and Bill Pullman as Lone Starr, among many others.

Spaceballs is now streaming on Prime Video. Fans can stay tuned for more news about the upcoming film.

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