Reiner talked to Variety in advance of the Cannes Film Festival where he is screening “This Spinal Tap,” as well as presenting an upcoming sequel to the film to buyers. It’s a busy time for Reiner, who recently relaunched his company Castle Rock Entertainment, which was behind such hits as “In the Line of Fire” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” with a $175 million film fund. Upcoming projects include a sequel to 2017’s “Wind River” and a movie about Bert Berns, the songwriter behind such classics as “Here Comes the Night,” “Hang on Sloopy,” and “Cry to Me.” Reiner wrote the screenplay for the Berns project, which will be called “Piece of My Heart,” after another one of Berns’ great songs.
“He only lived to 38,” says Reiner. “But between the ages of 30 and 38, he wrote and recorded 250 songs. The list of hits is just insane and he had a really interesting life.”