In 1987 comedy director and writer Mel Brooks (Look him up, kids: He’s Max Brooks’ dad!) released Spaceballs, an uproarious satire of the Star Wars saga. No small affair, Spaceballs featured some of the era’s biggest talents: Rick Moranis as the bumbling “Dark Helmet”, the late John Candy as the Chewbacca-like dog humanoid “Barf”, Bill Pullman as the hero “Lone Starr”, Joan Rivers as the robot “Dot Matrix”, and Brooks himself as the merchandise-shilling wise man “Yogurt”.
With Star Wars Episode VII slated for 2015, isn’t it time that we have another Spaceballs? There’s plenty left in the series to poke (loving) fun at, and the Great Yogurt knows that Brooks hasn’t lost a step. Sadly, though, it doesn’t seem to be in the cards, at least any time soon. Speaking to HEEB magazine, Moranis said that there’s been talk over the years, but he was never able to strike a deal with Brooks. Too bad!
In happier news, Moranis may still appear in a Ghostbusters sequel. He said that he received a call a few years ago but there wasn’t any follow-up. I certainly hope things come through. Louis Tully was one of my favorite characters. (“Many Shubs and Zuuls knew what it was to roast in the depths of a Sloar that day I can tell you.”)