At last! “The History of the World Part II” is finally underway – prepare for “fake stories of nonsense”


It’s good to be the king. . . again! Over 40 years after the release of “History of the World, Part I”, Mel Brooks & Co. are back with an eight-part sequel titled – you guessed it! – “History of the world, part II.” It took quite a long time.

On Monday, Hulu announced that the variety comedy series will begin production next spring, while the Writers’ Room meets this month. Brooks – who is a lively 95-year-old – will return as writer and executive producer of the next series, with familiar young comedic names like “Big Mouth” co-creator Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz of “The Mindy Project”, David Stassen and Kevin Salter. But little has been revealed about the cast, plot, or historical events to be included in this iteration of “History of the World.”

“I can’t wait to tell the real truth once again about all the fake nonsense stories the world has been made to believe is history!” Brooks said in a statement released by Hulu.

You will recall that “History of the World, Part I” explores comic tales of the Stone Age, the Old Testament of the Bible, the Roman Empire, the Spanish Inquisition and the French Revolution.

In the original film’s most memorable scenes, Brooks is Moses during the Old Testament arc of “Part I”, announcing the original 15 commandments, before dropping five of the tablets and announcing, instead. , the 10 Commandments. During the Roman Empire, Brooks was a stand-up comedian, Comicus, employed at various times by the doomed Julius Caesar and the notoriously cruel Emperor Nero. At the start of the French Revolution, aka the most iconic and violent class war in history, Brooks is King Louis, shocked to learn that the peasants don’t really like him.

As for the delicacies of “History of the World, Part II”, the last moments of “Part I” may offer some ideas. “Part I” ends with a trailer for the next episode, promising to include storylines like Hitler on Ice, stories about the Vikings and “Jews in Space”, which would parody “Star Wars” and “The Muppet Show. “. (Or you know, maybe it was “Spaceballs.”) This trailer, of course, wasn’t meant to be taken seriously, as there was no plan at this point for a sequel.

And over the decades, the lack of a sequel seemed like everyone’s ultimate joke. Until now.

With “Part II” now confirmed and in the works, the last 40 years since the release of “Part I” contain more than enough content for an eight-part series, on its own, between the end of the Cold War, the Internet. , the 2016 Presidential Election, the global COVID pandemic, and more.

Of course, there would be no “Part II” without the way “World History Part I” has stood the test of time, with its scathing and hilarious critiques of racism, sexim, inequality. wealth and violence. It’s the kind of satire we need more than ever today, as these mighty forces, ripe for mockery and derision, persist.

It’s not yet clear when “History of the World, Part II” will release on Hulu, but with every day of 2020 and much of 2021 feeling like the story in progress, “Part II” certainly has our attention.

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