Hulu has given a series order to Searchlight Television & 20th Television’s eight-episode variety series “History of the World, Part II,” 40 years after the release of classic film “History of the World, Part I.” Executive produced and written by Mel Brooks, Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Kevin Salter, “History of the World, Part II” will be a variety series consisting of comedy sketches and musical numbers. The original film was set during different periods of world history like the Old Testament, the Roman Empire and the French Revolution. There’s no word yet on which historical periods the new series will tackle, though.
“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.
The original “History of the World, Part 1” opened in theaters in 1981, with Brooks starring in a variety of roles including Moses and King Louis XIV. Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Gregory Hines, Sid Caesar and Cloris Leachman led the ensemble cast, with Orson Welles serving as narrator.