The sequel to “This is Spinal Tap” is in the works with the return of Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer

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The group is reforming.

A sequel is in the works for the 1984 rock mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap,” with director Rob Reiner returning alongside stars Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer.

The film package will kick off sales at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. It will be released on March 19, 2024, tied to the 40th anniversary of the original.

Michael McKean, left, Christopher Guest, center, and Harry Shearer pose for photographers at the premiere of ‘This is Spinal Tap’, September 5, 2000, in Hollywood, California.
(Steve W Grayson / USA Online)

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The sequel will be in the style of Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Waltz,” the legendary concert documentary that followed the farewell tour of Canadian-American rock band The Band.

“Spinal Tap 2” will also feature actual musicians in the film. No names have been revealed yet, but that will likely depend on the artists’ touring schedules.

“This Is Spinal Tap”, which debuted on March 2, 1984, chronicled the lives of the English heavy metal band’s fictional members – played by McKean, Guest and Shearer – during their American tour. Reiner portrayed documentarian Martin “Marty” Di Bergi, and the film marked his directorial debut. McKean played David St. Hubbins, lead singer and rhythm guitarist; The guest was Nigel Tufnel, lead guitarist; and Shearer portrayed Derek Smalls, the band’s bassist.

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Comedian actor Billy Crystal with the costumed cast of the film "It's Spinal Tap."
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Comedian actor Billy Crystal with the costumed actors from the movie ‘This Is Spinal Tap’.
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Most of the dialogue was improvised by the actors, and the film was so well received upon release that some viewers thought Spinal Tap was a real band.

The film received critical acclaim, but once it hit home media it developed a major cult following. In 2002, it was recognized as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and inducted into the United States National Film Registry.

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Harry Shearer attends the California Saga 2 Benefit as his character Derek Smalls from the movie "It's Spinal Tap" on July 3, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Harry Shearer attends the California Saga 2 Benefit as his character Derek Smalls from ‘This is Spinal Tap’ on July 3, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
(Photo by Scott Dudelson)

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