Will There Be A”History of the World, Part III” ?
Later this month, after forty years, there is finally a sequel to the seminal Mel Brooks film, “History of the World, Part I,” with Part II being released as an eight-episode series on Disney’s streaming services around the world, including Hulu in the US and on Disney+ in many countries including Canada and Australia.
Each episode features a variety of sketches that take us through different periods of human history. The series stars Mel Brooks, Wanda Sykes, Nick Kroll, and Ike Barinholtz, along with a huge roster of guest appearances, including Josh Gad, Johnny Knoxville, Sarah Silverman, Taika Waititi, and many more. Mel Brooks is a writer and executive producer on the series along with Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, and David Stassen. Kevin Salter and Christie Smith are executive producers. Alice Mathias, David Stassen, Nick Kroll and Lance Bangs directed the 8-episode season. “History of the World, Part II” is a production of Searchlight Television and 20th Television.
During a promotional interview with THR, Ike Barinholtz, spoke about creating the new show, and when asked directly about a potential third season, Ike said:
Well, listen, we overwrote. We have a lot more that we wanted to do
With the original film coming in barely an hour and half, while the series is close to four hours, the writers will have no doubt needed a huge amount of scripts, especially as there was such a large writing team, which Ike explained:
It was an all-star lineup. We had folks like Ana Fabrega come in because we were just huge fans of Los Espookys and her writing and just her odd look at the world. And Guy Branum, who if we were all put on earth for a reason, you could argue he was put on earth to write the sketch TV show version of History of the World. We got Lance Crouther, who was Chris Rock’s old writer and he was Pooty Tang, and to have him around and get his POV on stuff was amazing. Janelle James gave us a few weeks in the room right as Abbott Elementary was coming out, and it was amazing to watch, over Zoom, her kind of realize that she was becoming incredibly famous. Adam Countee [who wrote on The Mindy Project with Barinholtz] came for a few weeks, and Joe Mande. All these amazing writers would come and some were with us for three, four months and some would just come for a week.
Ultimately, if there is a “History of the World, Part III,” it’s likely going to come down to how many people watch the new series when it drops on Disney’s streaming services.
“History of the World, Part II” will be released over four nights, with two nights being released each day on Hulu in the US and on Disney+ in many countries, including Canada and Australia, from Monday 6th March 2023 with the finale dropping on Thursday 9th March 2023.