Adam Goldberg is Returning as 'The Hebrew Hammer' to Fight Hitler
Way back in 2003, Comedy Central released their action comedy The Hebrew Hammer starring Adam Goldberg as an orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero who saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa Claus' evil son. Though many likely know the film because it exclusively aired on Comedy Central for five years, it also played at Sundance and had a limited theatrical release. It's no doubt ridiculous, but it's also a pretty damn funny film. Well, fans of the original film can rejoice today as THR learned from Goldberg that a sequel is coming with the on-the-nose title The Hebrew Hammer vs. Hitler. No we're not kidding.
Goldberg will reprise his role as Mordechai Jefferson Carver, described as the Shaft of orthodox Jews, and esteemed private investigator. In addition, Judy Greer will be back as Esther Bloomenbergensteinenthal, who is now the Hammer's wife. But this time the plot gets a little more ridiculous than stopping Damian Claus as the retired investigator is forced back into action and must time travel to the past to team up with Jesus Christ and stop Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi party. Goldberg explains why they're going for the gold with the both the most famous Jew and most hated dictator of all-time as the villain:
"It didn’t seem the sort of franchise where you would want to see him take on one Jewish holiday after another. You want to see him go after the big one. Who’s the Jewish Joker? Hitler. It’s implicit that if we are going to take on Hitler, there’s a time-travel element, so once that widened the scope infinitely, I thought it was important that we hook up with the other big Jew in history: Jesus."
Apparently this film is possible due to crowd-sourced financing, so don't expect a big blockbuster return for the sequel. Considering the first film utilized the not-so-coveted talents of Andy Dick as the villainous Claus offspring, it's hard to tell what kind of talent can be rounded up to play Hitler and Jesus (that might be one of the most ridiculous sentences I've ever written). But Goldberg has made plenty of friends in Hollywood, so hopefully they'll help him out. Otherwise, it sounds like everything is in place for production begin this spring. As of now, there's no release date mentioned, but perhaps it can make a return to Sundance in 2014?