Popstar Director Akiva Schaffer Says ‘Never Say Never’ to a Sequel to the Andy Samberg Mockumentary

Director and The Lonely Island member Akiva Schaffer has teased the potential for a sequel to the Andy Samberg-fronted mockumentary, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The comedy, which finds Samberg as struggling pop icon Conner4Real, has garnered something of a cult following over the years, with many wondering whether we will see Popstar 2. Speaking with Variety, Schaffer addressed the idea of a follow-up, and potentially even gives Popstar 2 a title unintentionally…

“I would say, never say never. There’s no reason not to, but I can’t lie and say we’ve been cooking something up. But there’s no reason it couldn’t exist.”

While Schaffer admits that nothing is currently being worked on, he does state that the idea of a sequel is certainly a possibility (and it could now quite simply be titled Popstar: Never Say Never). The first Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping begins with pop trio Conner (Andy Samberg), Owen (Jorma Taccone) and Lawrence (Akiva Schaffer), who become famous after launching their rap album. But Connor abandons the band to form a solo career and is forced to see his celebrity status crash after the project fails.


Popstar was met with positive reviews from critics, with many praising the use of the mockumentary style and the movie’s satirical approach to fame and the music biz. Despite this, Popstar only managed to gross just over $9 million, and thus failing to meet its budget of $20 million. Since release however, the movie has developed a cult following, with the newfound love for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping leading to many asking for a sequel.

So, while there is nothing concrete in place as yet for a Popstar 2, it sounds like Akiva Schaffer is keeping an open mind and would be willing to return for more should the right opportunity present itself.

Audiences Are Likely to See a Sequel to Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers Before Seeing One to Popstar

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Speaking of sequels, director Akiva Schaffer most recently helmed the successful reboot Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers for Disney+. The movie follows beloved Disney duo Chip and Dale who are now living amongst cartoons and humans in modern-day Los Angeles. It has been decades since their successful television series was canceled, and Chip (voiced by John Mulaney) has succumbed to a life of suburban domesticity as an insurance salesman. Dale (voiced by Andy Sandberg), meanwhile, has had CGI surgery and works the nostalgia convention circuit, desperate to relive his glory days.

When a former cast mate mysteriously disappears, Chip and Dale must repair their broken friendship and take on their Rescue Rangers detective personas once again to save their friend’s life.

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers was met with rave reviews when it premiered last month, with many commending the meta-approach to the world of Disney and animation. Talk has already turned to a sequel, with writer Doug Mand saying they “do have ideas” and that there is more story to be told. “I would say that, and not just a shameless writer, cash grab or whatever, we think that there is a lot more to tell in the world that we’ve started to play in this movie,” he said. “And that we’ve kind of only scratched the surface in both characters that we want to explore and stories for the characters that are currently in the movie.”

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is now available on Disney+.