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After surprising the world by playing producer for the serious (and seriously anticipated) Elephant Man, Mel Brooks is returning to comedy this summer with plans to roll cameras on History of the World Part 1, the first in a multi-part, as-yet-unnumbered series of films.

If that news doesn’t have you laughing your ass off already, you’ll be happy to know that collaborator and friend Richard Pryor is set to play one of the major roles. As you’ll remember, Pryor was all set to play the lead in Blazing Saddles, but the studio decided to go with Cleavon Little. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Pryor will be stepping out from the writer’s chair to star in the flick.

And, as you probably already guessed, Madeline Kahn and Harvey Corman are already on board.

There’s little word on just how much of history the film will cover, but Brooks is the best comedic filmmaker out there right now, and if his foray into drama proves impressive, he might be building one of the strongest Hollywood careers of modern time.

Production on The World is set for late June.

What do you think? Are you ready to see Wilder and Pryor together?


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