The world may finally get to see “Hitler on Ice,” as Hulu has given a series order to “History of the World, Part II,” a variety-series sequel to Mel Brooks’ 1981 comedy, “History of the World, Part I,” the streaming service said Monday.
The eight-episode series will be executive produced and written by Brooks, Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Kevin Salter.
The writers’ room for “History of the World, Part II” begins this month and production on the sequel series will start up in spring 2022.
“I can’t wait to once more tell the real truth about all the phony baloney stories the world has been conned into believing are History!” Brooks said in a statement Monday.
Brooks originally promised a sequel to “History of the World, Part I” in a preview at the end of that film, which teased the above-mentioned “Hitler on Ice” segment. Well, it may be 40 years of waiting, but we are finally getting that sequel. So better late than never — especially because plenty more history has been made in that time for Brooks to riff on.
Prolific filmmaker Brooks won his first Oscar in 1964 for writing and narrating the animated short “The Critic” and his second for the screenplay of his first feature film, “The Producers,” in 1968. Among the many hit comedies that followed were “The Twelve Chairs,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Silent Movie,” “High Anxiety,” “History of the World, Part I,” “To Be or Not to Be,” “Spaceballs,” “Life Stinks,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Dracula: Dead and Loving It.”
His recent projects include three Emmy-nominated HBO comedy specials: “Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again,” “Mel Brooks Strikes Back!” and “Mel Brooks Live at The Geffen.”
Variety first reported the news of “History of the World, Part II” being ordered as a variety series at Hulu.