Sequel To Iconic Mockumentary ‘Spinal Tap’ To Start Filming In Early ’24

December 1, 2023

Director Rob Reiner was recently a guest of the “RHLSTP With Richard Herring” podcast and talked about working on the sequel to “This Is Spinal Tap”. You’ll be happy to learn that the mockumentary is set to start filming in February ’24, with Reiner back to write and direct, and original stars/writers Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer will reprise their roles as Nigel Tufnel, David St Hubbins and Derek Smalls!


Reiner will also once again star as the documentarian Martin “Marty” Di Bergi.  

“We’re making a sequel. We’re going to start shooting in the end of February, and everybody is back.”

Reiner revealed that Paul McCartneyElton JohnGarth Brooks and “a few other surprises” will be in the film.

As for the new movie’s premise? Reiner said, “They’ve played Albert Hall, played Wembley Stadium, all over the country and in Europe. They haven’t spent any time together recently. The idea was that Ian Faith, who was their manager, he passed away. In reality, Tony Hendra passed away. Ian’s widow inherited a contract that said SPINAL TAP owed them one more concert. She was basically going to sue them if they didn’t. All these years and a lot of bad blood we’ll get into and they’re thrown back together and forced to deal with each other and play this concert.”

As you know, “This Is Spinal Tap” has become a cult classic. It originally hit theatres 38 years ago – produced independently for $2.25M by a company owned by the four creators, Reiner, Guest, McKean and Shearer. Two years in production, the film was released in 1984. The film also broke ground, and spawned a genre known as “mockumentary”. 

The film has made “best ever” lists like The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made; Total Film’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time list; Entertainment Weekly’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time, and it made the No. 1 spot on Time Out London’s 100 Best Comedy Movies list!

When “This Is Spinal Tap” was released, not everybody understood it was a “mockumentary”. U2’s The Edge said, “I didn’t laugh, I wept. It was so close to the truth.”  And Ozzy Osbourne thought it was a real documentary.

Too close to home, perhaps?

This. Is. Brilliant. What other movies deserve a sequel?


Written by Todd Hancock