Rob Reiner to Direct 'Spinal Tap II' with Original Cast

Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest are all set to return
Rob Reiner to Direct 'Spinal Tap II' with Original Cast
Legendary filmmaker Rob Reiner made his directorial debut and introduced the world to Spinal Tap back in 1984 with the classic metal mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, and today the director has revealed that he's returning to direct a sequel, titled (for now, anyway) Spinal Tap II.

As reported by Deadline, Reiner will direct the sequel and reprise his role as filmmaker Marty DiBergi, alongside fellow returning castmates Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest.

Reiner, Guest, McKean and Shearer are set to conceive and write the new film. Reiner told Deadline that "the plan is to do a sequel that comes out on the 40th anniversary of the original film."

He continued, explaining that "it wasn't until we came up with the right idea how to do this. You don't want to just do it, to do it. You want to honour the first one and push it a little further with the story."

There's no official word on when production will be underway. Spinal Tap drummer Ric Parnell — who played Mick Shrimpton in the 1984 original — died earlier this month at age 70.

Watch a trailer for the original This Is Spinal Tap below.