Early in the upcoming year, “Spinal Tap II” filming is scheduled to begin in New Orleans. The project, which is being directed by Rob Reiner, is a follow-up to the legendary rock mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap” from 1984 and the director’s first feature picture.
According to Reiner, the premise of the new movie centres on the band’s long history, which includes numerous tours throughout Europe and the UK and performances at renowned locations like Wembley Stadium and Albert Hall. The filmmaker claims that the idea for the film comes from the absence of Ian Faith, their previous manager (who played the now-deceased figure of Tony Hendra). In the follow-up, Spinal Tap owes a contract that stipulates one more gig to Ian’s widow. The band members, who haven’t been together much lately, are forced to get back together under threat of legal action. They have to deal with years of animosity towards one another while also fulfilling their contractual obligations.
Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, and Christopher Guest were members of the made-up heavy metal band Spinal Tap in the television series “This Is Spinal Tap.” The actors that played the eternally hallucinating UK rockers in the first film return for the sequel: Guest plays guitarist Nigel “one louder” Tufnel, McKean plays hair-raising frontman David St. Hubbins again, Shearer plays bassist Derek Smalls, the famous core of England’s loudest and sauciest heavy metal band. Notably, there are no drummers included in the story; among other things, they explode on drum stools and die from “freak gardening accidents.”
In the first movie, Reiner portrayed Marty DiBergi, a filmmaker who documents the humorous and hectic moments during the band’s American tour. In the follow-up, the director will play the same position. Leading the charge in making the new movie are Shearer, McKean, Guest, and Reiner. Producer Frank Marshall is joined as executive producer for Castle Rock Entertainment by Matthew George, Jonathan Fuhrman, and Hernan Narea.
Reiner recently disclosed in an interview that legendary musicians like Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, and Elton John, among many others, will make cameos in the film.
“Spinal Tap II” was originally scheduled for release on March 19, 2024, but was delayed because of industry-wide interruptions brought on by the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. As a result, the movie should be out before the end of the next year. The film’s main location, New Orleans, has lately served as the setting for films like “The Killer” and “Five Nights at Freddy’s.”
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