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A sequel to iconic rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap is in the works. Did not see that coming.

May 12th, 2022 by Marc Comments

In another piece of news we did not see coming, a third Spinal Tap movie is coming.

Yes, 1984’s greatest ever rock mockumentary is getting another sequel – The Return of Spinal Tap was released in 1992 and saw the band get back together – which is expected to hit cinemas in 2024, marking the original movie’s 40th anniversary.

Director Rob Reiner is set to return along with original stars Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer.

The movie package will launch sales at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. It will be released on March, 19th 2024, tied to the 40th anniversary of the original. The sequel will be in the style of Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Waltz,” the legendary concert documentary that followed the farewell tour of the Canadian American rock group The Band. “Spinal Tap 2” will also feature real-life musicians in the film. No names have been revealed yet, but it will likely depend on the artists’ touring schedules.

Spinal Tap were an English metal band that, in the first movie, toured America. The band was made up of McKean, who played David St Hubbins, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist; Guest played Nigel Tufnel, the lead guitarist and Shearer portrayed Derek Smalls, the band’s bassist, while director Reiner also appeared as documentary maker Marty Di Berg.

The movie was improvised for the most part and to this day, many still think Spinal Tap were a real band – I know as a kid, I did too!

It’s a ballsy movie trying to make a sequel to such an iconic piece of cinema 40 years later but with the band back together again, literally, there might be hope of another winning installment in the journey of Spinal Tap.


Source: Variety

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….