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Sequel to ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ in the works with original cast

Band getting back together for sequel to cult classic mockumentary; director and star Rob Reiner says fans demanded it

Scene for 'This is Spinal Tap'. (Screen grab/YouTube)
Scene for 'This is Spinal Tap'. (Screen grab/YouTube)

Director Rob Reiner has signed on to direct a sequel to the 1984 mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap,” which will feature its original cast.

Reiner, who directed the first movie, will also reprise his role as filmmaker Marty DiBergi.

The band is getting back together, with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest all set to play their original roles as members of Spinal Tap.

The original mockumentary-style comedy followed the fictitious British rock band as they embarked on a comeback tour.

The sequel will be released in 2024, in celebration of the original film’s 40th anniversary.

Reiner, 75, is credited with a wide variety of successful films, such as “The Princess Bride,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Misery,” and “LBJ.”

But “This Is Spinal Tap” is the movie that he said audiences frequently demanded that he revisit.

“I can tell you hardly a day goes by without someone saying, why don’t you do another one?” Reiner told the Deadline news site on Thursday.

“For so many years, we said, ‘nah.’ It wasn’t until we came up with the right idea how to do this,” he said.

The sequel will reportedly revolve around the death of the fictional British band’s manager, whose wife then inherits a contract binding the band to perform a final concert.

Since the original film, the band has fallen out with Reiner’s character DiBergi, whose documentary film was considered a hatchet job on the band.

DiBergi will return in order to “redeem himself,” Reiner said.

Writer-director Rob Reiner poses for a portrait in New York, on May 2, 2016 (Brian Ach/Invision/AP)

Though the original film received positive reviews and became a cult classic, that did not originally translate into box office success.

Reiner told Deadline that when the first audience saw the movie at a screening in Dallas, “they didn’t know what the hell it was.”

“People came up to me and said, ‘I don’t understand why would you make a movie about a band no one has heard of and is so bad. Why would you do it?’ I said, it’s satire and I would explain, but it took a while for people to catch up to it. Now, it’s in the National Film Registry,” Reiner said.

The original film is set to screen at the Cannes Film Festival this year as part of the Cinema de la Plage side event on May 18.

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