Spice up ya pandemic
The Spice Girls have reportedly told a screenwriter what they really, really want: that is, a sequel to their seminal (yes, seminal) 1997 film, Spice World.
As reported by The Sun – sorry – the group is looking to work with a writer to create a follow-up ahead of the film’s 25th anniversary next year. The project is being helmed by Ginger Spice (Geri Horner, né Halliwell), while Sporty (Mel C), Baby (Emma Bunton), and Scary (Mel B) are said to be tentatively on board.
It’s yet to be confirmed if Posh (Victoria Beckham) will be tempted back; she didn’t join the group on their 2019 tour, and previously said she wouldn’t return for the next tour, which was scheduled for this year. The Sun – sorry – reports that her bandmates are hoping a Spice World sequel script will persuade Posh to rejoin them.
“The girls have been talking about how to mark the film’s anniversary and actively considering making a tongue-in-cheek sequel,” a source told the newspaper. “They have approached a screenwriter who is considering working on the project, and (are) making tentative steps forward. It’s still in the early stages but they are talking to established names in the business, which proves they are taking a big screen comeback seriously.”
Spice World follows the band – who each play themselves – as they experience a number of bizarre events ahead of a gig at London’s Royal Albert Hall, including boot camp, an alien encounter, and a dip in the Thames. Its star-studded cast (many of whom make cameos as themselves) includes Richard E. Grant, Alan Cumming, Roger Moore, Jennifer Saunders, Elvis Costello, Elton John, Bob Geldof, and so many more.
The news follows last year’s announcement that Channel 4 is working on a documentary about the Spice Girls’ rise to international fame, titled Girl Powered: The Spice Girls. Slated for release this year, the film will feature archival footage and “revealing interviews” detailing how the group fought for success against a backdrop of Britpop titans.