Will the Schwartz awaken once again for Spaceballs 2? The original Spaceballs was writer/director Mel Brooks' parody of Star Wars and starred Bill Pullman, John Candy, and Rick Moranis as the villainous Dark Helmet. While the film was only a moderate success upon release, it soon became a cult hit on VHS and DVD thanks to its pitch-perfect sendup of the original Star Wars trilogy. Even George Lucas thought it was hilarious.
Spaceballs itself teases a sequel dubbed Spaceballs 2: The Search For More Money, but while fans have hoped for a sequel for over 3 decades now it has yet to arrive. That hasn't stopped talk of a Spaceballs 2 occasionally cropping up, however, with Brooks and Moranis discussing the possibility over the years.
Here's what we know about Spaceballs 2 and the odds of the long-awaited sequel ever happening.
Spaceballs Received A (Terrible) Animated Series
While its relatively obscure now, Spaceballs actually received a follow-up in the form of Spaceballs: The Animated Series in 2008. Brooks co-created the series and reprised his dual roles as both President Skroob and Yogurt. Other cast members returned too, including Joan Rivers as Dot Matrix. Sadly, the show's cheap animation and scattershot parody of other franchises like Spider-Man proved to be a huge disappointment and the series only lasted one season.
MGM Became "Slightly" Interested In Spaceballs 2 After The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens revived the franchise on the big-screen and seemingly revived studio interest in Spaceballs 2 as well. Brooks confirmed in a 2017 interview MGM became 'slightly' interested in discussing a sequel following the return of Star Wars. While the writer/director is still keen on developing a sequel, little has been heard about Spaceballs 2 recently and it feels like its probably too late now to capitalize on the excitement over Star Wars return.
Rick Moranis Reprised Dark Helmet For The Goldbergs
Talk of Spaceballs 2 heated up again in 2018 when Rick Moranis made a vocal cameo as Dark Helmet on sitcom The Goldbergs. Moranis has essentially been retired from acting since 1997, but occasionally performs some voice-over work. While his cameo was a nice treat for fans there has been little sign of Spaceballs 2 in the aftermath. Moranis once revealed Brooks approached him about a sequel dubbed Spaceballs 3: The Search For Spaceballs 2 a few years after the original, but he passed after they couldn't work out a deal.
Brooks has said the only way he'd make a sequel is with Moranis, and the comic actor has said he'd be open to return if a follow-up moved ahead. That said, with little sign of progress in recent years it seems the chances of Spaceballs 2 are slim.