On more than a few occasions, before we all carried the internet in our pockets, I successfully convinced friends that a sequel to Mel Brooks‘ History of the World, Part I exists. “Why else would it be called ‘Part 1?’ I’d asked. Check. And. Mate. It was one of my favorite bits, but now I must retire it forever. Fortunately though it’s for the best reason ever. Because the comedy legend will write and executive produce a follow-up sequel series to his big screen jaunt through the past. After all this time, History of the World is really getting a Part II.
Variety reports that Hulu has ordered History of the World, Part II from the legendary comedian. The show will serve as a sequel to Brooks’ 1981 comedy, which he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in. (What? He was too busy to also cook for the crew?) The film traveled through the ages to look at the funny side of life during famous eras. It began during pre-history and the Stone Age. Then went through Biblical times and the Roman Emperor. And it touched on the Spanish Inquisition and the French Revolution. Two notoriously hilarious periods.
Some very funny names will join the EGOT winner on the show’s writing staff. Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen, and Kevin Salter will also be looking for humor in the past. Variety says writing is expected to begin this month with production starting in the spring of 2022.
We might know exactly where in time they will start too. The original movie ended with previews for “coming” historical attractions in Part II. That included teasers for “Hitler on Ice” and a grand Viking funeral. As well as a Star Wars/The Muppet Show parody called Jews in Space. The world’s a lot different now than it was in 1981 though. So whether any of those ideas will make into the show’s eight-episode first season is no guarantee.
What is a guarantee though is I will be trying to convince people plans for History of the World, Part III will be all about the future.