Over forty years after it was released, Mel Brooks’ iconic 1981 historical comedy “History of the World, Part I” is finally getting a follow-up in the form of a Hulu series with the appropriate name of “History of the World Part II”.
The long-awaited sequel has become an eight-part series and, like the original, will essentially be a variety of sketches, with each at different points throughout the span of history. Brooks himself will appear alongside veteran comedians Wanda Sykes, Nick Kroll, and Ike Barinholtz.
Today, the first photos from the new series have been released via Entertainment Weekly with the promise the series will cover events from the building of the pyramids, to the American Civil War, the Russian Revolution, and a lot more.
The first photos reveal one sequence with ice hockey commentators, another with Barinholtz playing Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, and another with Sykes as Shirley Chisholm – the first Black candidate for a major party nomination for President of the United States.
The original film featured Brooks in several different roles, with much of the film set around Ancient Rome. However, it had various interludes, including the famous MGM musical-style number about the Spanish Inquisition, a prehistoric sequence, and one-off sketches teasing the sequel that never came including “Hitler on Ice” and “Jews in Space”.
Brooks wrote and directed the first film and serves as a writer and executive producer on the sequel series. The series is also produced by Kroll, Sykes, Barinholtz, David Stassen, Kevin Salter, David Greenbaum, and Christie Smith. It will hit Hulu in the Spring.