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Rob Reiner, Director of This Is Spinal Tap, Confirms Long-Awaited Sequel to Begin Filming in February
Film director Rob Reiner has excitingly announced that music icons Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Garth Brooks will join the cast of the highly anticipated sequel to the classic This Is Spinal Tap. Reiner shared this news on the latest episode of the RHLSTP with Richard Herring podcast, also confirming that filming is scheduled to begin in February.
Set to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the original film, tentatively titled Spinal Tap II, the sequel will see the reunion of David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) for the first time since their acoustic performance at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Rob Reiner will also reprise his original role as the mockumentarian Marty DiBergi.
“Upon learning of Spinal Tap’s final concert reunion announcement, Marty DiBergi saw it as an opportunity to mend ties with the band, who perceived This Is Spinal Tap as a negative portrayal,” explained Reiner last year. “In a bid to make amends, he departed from his role as a visiting adjunct teacher’s assistant at the Ed Wood School of Cinematic Arts, setting out on a quest through film history.”
The upcoming sequel to This Is Spinal Tap will unfold the narrative of the band’s acrimonious reunion, prompted by a contractual obligation show following the demise of their long-suffering manager, Ian Faith. Originally portrayed by actor Tony Hendra, who passed away in March 2021, Faith’s death becomes a pivotal event in the sequel.
Spinal Tap II will delve into the aftermath of the original movie, addressing the band’s apprehensions about their portrayal during the ill-fated American tour. Over the years, Spinal Tap has criticized Marty DiBergi’s film as “a hatchet job.”
In additional Spinal Tap developments, bassist Derek Smalls has introduced a deluxe version of his 2018 solo album, “Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing).” The enhanced edition includes two previously unreleased live tracks, “Hell’s Toupee” and “She Puts the Bitch in Obituary,” both recorded at the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles with the Hungarian Studio Orchestra. The album is available for pre-order, and a live video for “Hell’s Toupee” has been released.
Reflecting on his enduring career, Smalls stated, “As a rock’n’roller, I really never expected to make it past 27. Here I am with all 10 fingers and all five strings, still ready to rock. Maybe my colleagues are getting older too. So, I’d say, it’s time to rock some more.”
In September, Smalls unveiled his first new song since the 2018 album, titled “Must Crush Barbie.”