Mel Brooks Announces HISTORY OF THE WORLD: PART 2 | Film News

Hollywood, CA - Twentieth Century Fox announced today that Mel Brooks has signed a deal to make the long-awaited sequel to his 1981 classic History of the World: Part I.  Titled simply, History of the World: Part II, press releases indicate that the sequel will cover roughly 800 years, starting with a Viking Funeral, which somehow leads to the accidental discovery of America by Columbus, and spanning to a future world run by invisible robot overlords.  The studio also confirmed that Brooks' new script, which he reportedly began writing back in January, will definitely include the promised "Hitler on Ice" segment, and will star Will Farrel.  Narrator duties, fulfilled by Orson Welles in the original, will be taken up by Maurice LaMarche, the voice actor best known for playing "Brain the Mouse" and providing the voice of Welles in Tim Burton's 1994 film Ed Wood.
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On why it took so long to produce the sequel, Brooks has stated, "I really wanted to do this project before the Wayans Brothers got their hands on it and fucked it up, and I needed the cash."  Though this has prompted some critics to worry that Brooks is only cashing in on prior success, many fans on message /b/oards across the internet have responded positively.  One such fan, identified only as "scroob71" on 5dibo.com, wrote, "I am so excited for this!  Now all he has to do is make Spaceballs 2 and I can die happy, even if I am a 37 year old virgin!"
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At press time, these was still no official word as to whether or not Brooks would be directing the film himself, but the IMDB page for the movie seems to indicate that this will be the case. Sources close to Brooks and Twentieth Century Fox also hinted that there would be an open casting call for many of the roles in the film, a process that would be the basis for a reality television series scheduled to run in the fall.  Evidence for this will likely be dug up by The Smoking Gun.com as soon as they are done uncovering the seemingly infinite front companies of Sacha Baron Cohen. 
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Finally, Brooks denied rumors that he was set to make a cameo appearance in the forthcoming film World War Z, based on the novel of the same name by his son, Max. Brooks stated, "You're kidding me, right?  I may be Jewish, but I'm not that broke!"
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This film will be the first true sequel to any of Brooks' films.  His 1968 opus The Producers was remade as a musical with an all-gay cast in 2005, and he spearheaded a failed attempt to launch an animated version of Spaceballs in 2008 that had many children in test audiences stabbing out their own eyes.  History of the World: Part II marks Brooks' first directoral effort since 1995's Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
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