Mel Brooks Takes Some Credit for Star Wars

20th Century Fox

If there hadn’t been a Star Wars, there wouldn’t have been a Spaceballs. But if there hadn’t been a Young Frankenstein, there might not have been a Star Wars — at least not as we know it. Let us explain.

Mel Brooks writes in his memoir, All About Me! that 20th Fox executive Alan Ladd’s decision to greenlight Brooks’ 1974 hit Young Frankenstein helped him earn enough clout to be “in a position to greenlight over three hundred films during his illustrious career, including High Anxiety (1977), Star Wars (1977), Alien (1977), Blade Runner (1982), A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Thelma and Louise (1991).”

Of course, Spaceballs borrows from Alien, too. As well as many other sci-fi classics.

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