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Big Names Are Reportedly Attached to Mel Brooks’ ‘History of the World: Part II’

Last October, it was reported that Hulu had ordered an eight-episode variety comedy series to followup the classic 1981 Mel Brooks film, “History of the World, Part I.”  Little has been revealed since then but according to a new report, several big-name stars have joined the series.

The news comes from The Ankler who reports that the upcoming series could be the all-star cast event of the decade.

I’m told that Malcolm BarrettJillian BellD’Arcy CardenRob CorddryRobby HoffmanMitra JouhariJoe MandeWendi McLendon-Covey, Seth RogenJB Smoove and David Wain have agreed to appear, while others who are (or perhaps were) holding offers include a who’s who of comic talent, including Adam SandlerSteve MartinMartin ShortTed DansonNatasha LyonneTim RobinsonKumail NanjianiKeke PalmerMichael KeatonJohnny Knoxville, Taika Waititi and Danny DeVito, plus folks like Hailee SteinfeldDove CameronJacob ElordiCharles MeltonZazie Beetz and Idina Menzel, and sporting world figures such as Pam Oliver and Tara Lipinski.

The original film was made up of segments set during different periods of world history including the Stone Age, Ancient Rome, and the French Revolution and featured musical numbers as well.  The film starred Gregory Hines, Dom De Luise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, and more.

The Ankler additionally reports the following characters/roles:

This time around, as far as specific characters/time periods are concerned, I’ve heard offers were out to Jay Ellis (Jesus Christ), Timothy Simons (Abraham Lincoln, after Bo Burnham passed), and Jack McBrayer (Robert E. Lee). Other real-life figures who I expect will be depicted in one fashion or another includeWilliam Shakespeare (Benedict Cumberbatch passed), Galileo GalileiGrigori RasputinLeon TrotskyVladimir Lenin, and Joseph Stalin, which is the role Sandler was offered.

The series will be executive produced and written by Brooks, Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Kevin Salter.

Searchlight Television and 20th Television will produce.

Brooks is known for his popular hit films like “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “The Producers,” and “Spaceballs.”

Production on the project will reportedly begin soon.  A release date for the series has not been announced yet.  In addition to Hulu, the show is also expected to release internationally on Disney+.

Source: The Ankler

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